Temple: Semi-trailer donated to high school band

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A customized semi-trailer has been donated to the Temple High School Band.

(Photo by Tianna Jenkins)

The Temple School Board formally accepted the donation Monday night.

Lugging all their equipment back and forth to games during football season hasn’t been easy and with the band growing and new equipment being added, the band needed to expand.

Before the donation, the band was renting two box trucks just to transport everything and was going to have to rent another one.

But with this donation, band members will be able to focus more on music.

President of InHouse Systems Kody Shed has been supporting the band for many years.

He grew up in Temple and was a former drum major at Temple High School from 1990 until 1991.

InHouse Systems has been sponsoring the band for several years and wanted to do something that would have a long lasting impact.

Shed collaborated with CEO of McLane Company Grady Rosier to help the band roll in style.

"I want them to know that the community appreciates them,” Shed said.

“That the hot sweaty days here in August when they are preparing for marching season doesn't go unnoticed and people appreciate them and their hard work."

Director of Bands Alan Guckian says he can’t wait until the band members lay their eyes on the trailer for the first time.

“It’s a point of pride. The kids get to see that and it lifts them up a bit and gets them excited and riled up for the upcoming season.”

The estimated cost of the trailer is around $30,000 and they still have to add a few more things.

The trailer was designed and customized to match the new uniforms the band will be marching in this upcoming season.

Downing transportation will be working with Temple ISD to help pull the trailer during this upcoming season.