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HCBOE Employees Working Hard in the Friday Night Lights!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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If you find yourself at the concession stand

at an East High football game on a Friday night at Burke-Toney Stadium, chances are your child’s fourth grade teacher might be popping the popcorn! 

Your child’s music teacher may just hand you your hot dog! 

You might even be served a big ole heap of cheesy nachos by a school cafeteria manager or school secretary! 

Why is this? Scott Helton, East High Band Booster President, Pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church, and fourth grade teacher at Russellville Elementary explained, “The East High Band Boosters, who manage and work the concession stands for all home games at East High, is made up of many volunteers who have worked hard in the classrooms and schools all week long. 

“We’re not here because we have to be, we are here because we want to support our children who are in the East High Hurricane Marching Band. Not all of us are employees of the school system, but many of us are!” 

Helton serves alongside Regina Swinney, Band Booster Vice-President. Swinney is the music teacher at Union Heights Elementary School and West Elementary School. Helton said the boosters work hard every week! 

“The concession stands are only part of what we do. We also have wonderful parents who volunteer to help tailor uniforms, push the xylophones onto the field at halftime, set up the drum major stand, chaperone the boy’s and girl’s buses for away games, pull the band trailer full of instruments, and more! Without parent volunteers, none of this would happen!” he said.

Band Director, Brandon Tilley, has seen great success with his band. 

The East High Marching Hurricanes scored a Superior rating in competitions last year, and were crowned Grand Champions at two competitions just two years ago. This year’s band is a young group, but sound great as they perform three pieces during their halftime show with music from the hit musical, “The Greatest Showman.” 

The Hurricanes will compete in their first competition of the year on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The Band Boosters are always looking for ways to round up community support for the band. 

“We were so blessed during Band Camp this year, Helton said. “The students work most days from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Three local churches (Fairfield Baptist, Russellville Baptist, and Bethel Baptist) provided free dinners for all 70+ band students. 

“In addition, Chik Fil A and Megan’s Corner Catering also fed the band students free of charge on two evening of Band Camp,” said Helton. 

“Community support and sponsorships is vital to the continuing growth and improvement of the Hurricane Band. “We have many instruments and cases that are nearly 20 years old. We’d like to be able to provide our students with the best instruments possible.” 

If you or your business would like to sponsor the East High Band, you can contact Helton at heltonc@hcboe.net You can also help by purchasing fruit from a band student during the annual fruit sale which begins in October.