The result of a five-year fund-raising effort was unveiled last week when the Jefferson High School Band of Blue Marching Band took the field at Kingston Stadium wearing new uniforms. The new design embraces the signature Jefferson Columbia blue color and the iconic Band of Blue insignia, designed by Kevin Northway for the Band in 2000. Highlights of the new uniform include a vibrant Columbia blue wool coat; a black pant for a tall and sleek look; a black back panel for visual impact from the field facing backfield to front field; angular metallic lines on the front panel of the coat and white gauntlets at the wrist up the sleeve elevating the modern look; and mirrors on the shako hat and silver fleck in the plumes to reflect stadium light.
The modernization of the uniform was inspired by designers Chris McCurdy and Michael Gray at DeMoulin Brothers Uniform Company, with influences from the national Bands of America and Drum Corps International circuits. The Jefferson Band and DeMoulin Uniforms have collaborated for more than 45 years, through the tenures of former directors Luman Colton and Earle W. Dickinson, and including four uniforms designs.
The $85,000 Uniform Drive Fund effort was led by the Jefferson Band Parents Association and included donations from parents, alumni, staff members, and community supporters. Parents Ellen Wiedenman and Kellee Cortez, served as the co-presidents of the during the fundraising drive.
“As part of a strong, liberal-arts based education, band and the performing arts are a high-yield investment in our students, schools, and community,” said Jefferson Band Director Thad Driskell. “Participation in the fine arts has a positive impact on student attendance, graduation rates, and test scores while promoting excellence for all. I want to thank the many families and individuals that supported this effort and who continue to support and invest in our student’s experiences at Jefferson High School and throughout the District!”