By Rodnita Simmons
On Saturday, the Glenwood Gator Band will host the Top 30 Car Show at Glenwood High School, which is open to the community. The event started in 2012 as the idea of current band director Luke Brown’s father, Donny, in order to raise funds to support the band.
“At the time, the school had little funding, was smaller and the band program had to be restarted from scratch,” Brown said.
Brown is an alumni of the school and was once a band student himself. Ever since the event’s inception, it has been a success and has helped purchase instruments, uniforms, chairs and accessories for students.
“Instruments for the band can get quite expensive,” Brown said. “A timpani drum or a kettle drum ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. The fund-raiser has made it so that students have to spend less in order to be in the band.”
Registration for the March 3 show will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the awards ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Last year’s entrants exceeded 100, and with each year, the number of entrants increases. Participants may register at the show for $25. Special categories will include Best Engine, Paint, Interior, People’s Choice and the top category of Best in Show.
Luke hopes to raise $3,000 to $5,000 from the event, with all proceeds benefiting the band from sixth through 12th grades.
Food vendors will be on site. The event will be held in the middle and high school parking lot at Glenwood School. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.