RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- They are bigger. They are better. And they are ready to bring it on.
"[Expect] lots of hype! Lots of spirit! We have such a great attitude throughout the entire band this year it's incredible," said Color Guard Section Leader Kendall Welling.
The Pride of the Sierra, The University of Nevada marching band, has grown to 180 members. That is up 60 students since 2012. It is the largest band the university has had in recent history.
"[It’s] definitely the leadership," cites tuba player Brittany Dunn. "I think that's what allowed for growth, as well as improvement amongst the organization."
Director Doctor William Plenk also points to community financial support, and a partnership with the Greater Nevada Credit Union. Their fundraising campaign, "It's time to support the band,” is going into its third year. It pledges a $20,000 gift annually, and will match up to $15,000 each year.
With that money, last year, the band purchased new uniforms for the first time in 10 years.
Plenk said the money has helped the band grow in numbers and spirit. They now have a good problem on their hands. "We're in a situation where we don't quite have enough instruments for everyone in the band; it costs more for us to have band camp, more for us to travel."
But with continued support, The Pride of The Sierra will march on. "I am so excited. We definitely have some great shows to put out there," said Welling. "It's incredible how much everyone is supporting us."
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