It almost felt out of place if you saw the old Lobo Marching Band trailer parked more than 100 feet away from its usual spot at Little Elm High School. You couldn’t help but to think about the old adage “out with the old, and in with the new,” as the new band trailer was parked into its new home this past Tuesday.
With anxious anticipation of its arrival all summer long, Frank Felice, Director for Fine Arts, can say it is finally here and it is first class. The 53-foot trailer is the same size as the old one but configured differently. “Unlike our last trailer that had been designed with lots of woodwork for instrument storage, this trailer features a 26-foot flying carpet or floor that raises over six feet in the air,” he explained. “It also contains additional storage cabinets underneath the trailer, which can hold drum major podiums, color guard equipment, as well as props.”
The old band trailer was originally designed as a moving trailer in 1988 but was redesigned for band usage in 2009 when the District acquired it. “It was simply a large empty trailer that our band parents retro-fitted to accommodate the band needs,” Felice said. And after 12 years of service, Felice said the trailer had reached the end of its life span and it was time to get something new.
The new trailer cost approximately $135,000 and Felice was able to rally support to purchase it for the 2021-2022 school year. “The band booster contributed $25,000 and because of COVID last year, we were able to re-allocate $45,000 of our travel money toward the project. Finally, we are very grateful to Little Elm ISD and the Board of Trustees to approve $65,000 to complete the funding.”
Outfitted with branded colors, logos, and design, the students were excited to see the new addition to the band program. “The students were very excited when the trailer arrived during marching band rehearsal. When Mrs. Sturch, the Head Band Director, gave the students a quick water break, the entire band started applauding,” said Felice.