William Penn marching band needs donations for trailer


Having more than 50 kids in marching band and color guard means having to haul just as many instruments, color guard flags and uniforms as well as any field props to away games and parades, and the William Penn's 19-year-old band trailer is in need of a few upgrades.

The William Penn Music Boosters, a parent organization dedicated to strengthening the high school's music program in spite of the York City School District's financial struggles, last week launched a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of raising $5,500 to repair the trailer.

Their efforts have already generated more than $600 in support.

"We want to update the trailer because it's a sign of our band, our school district and our community," said Richard Horn, president of the Boosters. "It's 19 years old, and it's just time for an upgrade."

Originally purchased in 1996, the trailer has weather-related wear and tear that has caused a lot of rusting and the distortion and cracking of the decals.

"Unfortunately the back is the worst, and that's what you're stuck looking at if you're the one driving behind us," Horn said, adding he tried to touch up the decals on the backside of the trailer last summer. "I was driving behind it one day and realized how terrible it looked."

The Bearcat logo looks as if it's melting, with streaks of white paint running through the vicious orange mascot on the vehicle's back.

The marching band at William Penn this year will be celebrating its 94th year, and it is getting bigger every season, Horn said.

Any extra funds raised will go to the music program.

To donate, visit the William Penn Music Boosters page at gofundme.com or send a check to William Penn Music Boosters at the high school, 101 W. College Ave., York PA 17401, attention Kevin Crawmer, band director.