When the Cuyahoga Falls Marching Tiger Band takes the field during pre-game and halftime this fall, it will do so in brand new uniforms. The purchase of new uniforms caps off a banner year marked by the group being voted Top Band in the Greater Cleveland Area by Cleveland.com, performing at the producer's request for the Cleveland auditions of "America's Got Talent," and marching in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. It also represents an immediate and generous response to the group's fundraising efforts.
"Six months ago, the Instrumental Music Patrons (IMP) launched this campaign with the challenging goal of raising $125,000," said Terri Criss, IMP uniform campaign chair. "We are amazed and truly grateful for the outpouring of support from our band families, alumni, businesses, and community organizations."
Her co-chair, Kathy Emnett reports that, at press time, the committee has received $100,733.10, which covers the minimum required to purchase new uniforms and storm coats for the number of band members anticipated during the 2017-18 marching band season.
While fundraising had progressed steadily over the six-month campaign, a significant donation recently ensured that the minimum goal was met. At the Cuyahoga Falls School Foundation and Alumni Association's 32nd annual reception, Susan Laubach presented the committee chairs with a check for $20,000 on behalf of her graduating class. "With fond memories of their high school days, 'the sturdy sons and loyal daughters' of the Class of 1958 are proud to support the uniform fundraiser for the Cuyahoga Falls Marching Tiger Band," Laubach said.
"Cuyahoga Falls High School and the Black Tiger marching band are synonymous," added Gary Medkeff, executive director of the foundation. "It is the pleasure of the Cuyahoga Falls School Foundation and Alumni Association to be able to assist with this fundraiser for new uniforms."
With the minimum funds in hand, the order for new uniforms has been placed, but the fundraising campaign is not yet complete. "We will continue to fundraise to reach our ultimate goal of $125,000," Criss says. "These additional funds will ensure that we may provide extended sizes and quantities of uniforms for future new members of the Pride of Cuyahoga Falls."
Anyone wishing to donate can do so in the following ways:
Checks (made payable to Instrumental Music Patrons) can be mailed to Dustin Harris, 2300 Fourth St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.
Electronic donations can be made at the band's website, www.cfbands.com. Simply click on the Uniform Campaign Donation link and follow the instructions.
On Memorial Day, the 23-year-old uniforms were on display for the last time as the marching band participated in the Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade. "Hundreds of former students have worn these uniforms with pride," said Dustin Harris, director of the Cuyahoga Falls Marching Tiger Band.