“When folks purchase a pillow set or tote bag, they are purchasing a piece of NSU history and will be making a donation to help Northwestern continue the great traditions of the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band," said Bill Brent, director of bands and coordinator of the Dear School for Creative and Performing Arts. "I’m so excited that we have been able to recycle the band uniforms instead of just discarding them.”
Purchases can be made by visiting northwesternalumni.com/bandpillows. Fifty percent of all proceeds will designated to the Band Enhancement Campaign Fund at Northwestern State. Pillows are available in four different styles, an “N” pillow, a “Northwestern” pillow and an epaulet button pillow for $20 each and a jacket pillow for $25. Tote bags are $30. A tote bag and pillow set is $89, which includes three pillows of buyer’s choice, a tote bag and a bonus neck pillow. Only one jacket pillow per set is available.
Because the items are made from recycled materials, some may be slightly worn, stained or appear damaged. All items have been cleaned as much as possible. Upcycled uniforms, Brent pointed out, are green and earth-friendly.
“What is important to remember is that these uniforms were worn by members of the Spirit of Northwestern for 10 years and were seen by more than 1 million people in performances,” Brent said. “The performances were in many locations beyond Turpin Stadium and the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade. They were worn for a Superdome for performances at a Saints’ game, for the football game at TCU when the Demon’s defeated the Horned Frogs; in Hattiesburg, Miss., for the football game against, Southern Mississippi University, for the London, England, New Year’s Day Parade and this past fall in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and in Dallas for the SMU football game.”
Items can be picked up from the Creative and Performing Arts Center, office number 110N, during regular business hours. Items can also be shipped anywhere in the United States for an additional $7 per order. International shipping is an additional $14 per order. Buyers should add shipping costs to order forms that option is desired and allow 7-14 business days for delivery. Order forms can also be printed and mailed in with payment.
For more information or to purchase items on-line, visit northwesternalumni.com/bandpillows or call (318) 357-4414.