NSU band using crowd funding to raise money for new uniforms

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The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band at Northwestern State University has begun a crowd funding event to raise money for the purchase of new uniforms.

Director of Bands Dr. Jeffrey C. Mathews said the band is in the process of replacing 350 uniforms. Each uniform costs just over $500. Funding from the university along with other donations has raised a portion of the money needed. Donations can be made by going to app.mobilecause.com/vf/NSUBAND or by texting NSUBAND to 71777.

“We hope all those who support and enjoy the Spirit of Northwestern can help us in this campaign,” said Mathews. “Donations of any amount will be accepted and appreciated. This will be a major step toward keeping the Spirit of Northwestern among the nation’s best marching bands.”

Mathews said donors could become a uniform sponsor by making a gift of $350. Sponsors will be recognized on a plaque that will hang outside the William E. Brent Band Room.

With more than 300 members, the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band is the largest spirit group at NSU and is open to any major. The Spirit of Northwestern was a finalist for the 2011 Sudler Trophy, an award to identify and recognize collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. NSU’s band participated in the 2011 New Year’s Day Parade and Festival in London and the 2015 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Northwestern State’s band was named one of the top eight in the country a college-oriented website.