Band director Armando Martinez and assistant band directors Christopher Montemayor and Alyson Keller had a special surprise for their band members after practice on Thursday evening, October 29th: a brand new band rig!
As the big truck was rounding the corner into the parking lot, Martinez asked everyone to turn around, and a rousing cheer went up from the students as they saw the beautiful Wildcat-painted trailer come into sight.
Martinez explained that the Wildcat Band has always had a dire need for their own rig because they have had to rent trucks and vans previously to haul all their equipment, so the subject of getting their own large rig had been discussed the last couple of years. He wanted to thank the Elgin ISD school board and Superintendent Jodi Duron for their decision to spend the needed money in the purchase of the truck.
He explained the district and the directors did their due diligence to search for the best deal, and he and the band members were ecstatic that they now have a consistent and good-looking vehicle that will not only haul instruments, uniforms, props and equipment but will also represent the Elgin band and community so well on the road. The rig will be driven by an appointed driver from the EISD transportation department.