New uniforms outfit Central High School band

Central High School band members march off the field on Sept 23 after playing the national anthem during the Central-Clarke County football game. The high school recently purchased new uniforms for the band through school funds and donations from throughout the community. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central High School has tossed its marching band uniforms away after donations allowed for the purchase of new ones.

School Principal Melissa Hensley said the uniforms were purchased with school funds and donations from local businesses, organizations and music boosters.

“Our old uniforms were over 12 years old and had many holes in them and were discolored,” she said. “We went one year without uniforms until we were able to secure the funds to purchase the new uniforms.”

She added that the school purchased 50 uniforms and that they should last approximately 10 years with good care.

Chadwick Hensley, director of elementary education for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said the school division was not able to assist in purchasing the new uniforms.

“The school division did not allocate additional funding during the 2016-2017 school year for uniform or instrument replacement,” he said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com