Central Texas steps up to help California drum & bugle corps

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Central Texas community is stepping up to make sure more than 200 members of a world class drum and bugle corps from California don’t go hungry after the group unexpectedly lost their food trailer in an accident Tuesday morning while traveling from Kansas to Oklahoma with a stop planned for Wednesday night in Waco.

The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps’ food truck, a self-contained kitchen housed in a modified commercial trailer nicknamed “Miss Amana,” was a total loss. (Corps photo)

The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps’ food truck, a self-contained kitchen housed in a modified commercial trailer nicknamed “Miss Amana,” was a total loss.

“Following this morning’s unfortunate news, we have been amazed by the outpouring of love and support from our drum corps community,” the group said on its website.

“Rest assured that the corps will not miss a meal, due to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding admin staff and amazing team of volunteers.”

“We are currently making catering arrangements to ensure the performers, volunteers, and staff are well fed and have proper meals available to them. We have also started the process of renting another mobile kitchen for the remainder of our season.”

Within hours, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps offered to provide the first meal following the corps’ Tuesday night performance in Broken Arrow, Okla.

While the group will not be performing in Central Texas the team’s members are scheduled to spend Wednesday night at Midway High School.

Midway ISD Band director Pam Hyatt immediately got to work to make sure the group was well fed.

H-E-B has already offered a donation, Bush’s Chicken in Hewitt says it will cover a lunch and Raising Canes has also agreed to pitch in.

By Tuesday afternoon, Newk's Eatery, Panera Bread, the Waco Scottish Rite Stan C. Parker Foundation, Marco's Pizza had also stepped in with generous food donations to help feed the corps Wednesday and Thursday.

Baylor Food Services say it will open their dining hall for the group for two evening meals at a discounted cost of $7 a person.

If you would like to help contact Midway High School.

The California group is raising money to purchase a new food truck as part of a capital campaign to raise more than a million dollars for the program.