PALESTINE, Ill. (WTHI) - Just two months after they were told they might never march again, Palestine’s School Marching Band hit the parade route for Labor Day in their hometown.
"Give these bands a big hand! All of you in Crawford County know what these schools are going through financially,” the announcer’s call rang out as the Palestine Pioneers reached the starting line for the Labor Day Parade route.
It was a perfect introduction that said it all for the band that almost didn't play.
"I don't remember the years they didn't march, but it's disappointing,” concerned parent Janice Fuller said.
When we last caught up with Palestine's marching band they had just started practice again. Just in time after a donation from the community allowed them to keep their instructor, Greg Downes as a full time instructor; after state funding failed.
"It’s very gratifying for me, but its also more important for the kids. This is their one shot at education so we are giving them as much as we can,” Downes said.
The trumpets blare and the drums pounded down Market Street; marching out to the tune: the Horse. The band told us, it's the same one they played last year. But, the proud community doesn't care. They clap and cheer along, while supporting the band's future.
"We started an organization called the pioneer band wagon, which we are trying to raise funds because if we don't raise enough funds to keep him we'll lose the band program again," Fuller said.
The band literally and figuratively has turned the corner and as they head into uncharted land, the community will go with them.
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