Concert goers at the Belgrade High School auditorium witnessed a Christmas miracle Tuesday night.
They saw the unveiling of the new uniform that the school’s marching band will wear, thanks to an anonymous donation of about $60,000. The miracle lies in the fact that junior band member Sydney Eastwood even had a uniform to model at the end of BHS’ annual winter band concert.
First-year band director Andrew Miller explained what happened as people filed out of the auditorium:
“We had just a little snafu. There was a guy coming out to deliver the uniforms, and his plane got delayed. I went out to the UPS store and try as I might for hours and hours to get that package – I could see it sitting there – they said, no, it’s got to be delivered to this guy.”
The further complication was that the out-of-state uniform company representative needed to visit multiple high schools. For all Miller knew, the representative could have been hundreds of miles away from Belgrade.
When Miller talked to the representative by phone, he implied it would be a routine matter to get the uniforms.
“He said it’s at a UPS store, so I said, I’ll go pick it up. I get there and try as I might — I tried for hours — and they said, no, we can’t. It’s just not our policy.
“We wanted to do a reveal at the concert of our uniform, and I’m going, oh, man, it’s not going to happen.
“So, I went in today. Same thing, we’re not going to get it.
“And then I come back to school and, lo and behold, a Christmas miracle. It got delivered to the high school office this afternoon. That was crazy. So, at the last minute, I found Sidney. We got her to put it on. It was awesome.”
BHS, without a marching band since 2003, revived the program this fall. Band members performed in the Fall Festival parade, at football games and at the Montana State University band day for high school groups. The band, however, played in street clothes. Members were unsure how uniforms would be paid for until the donor stepped up.