The 80 members of the best athletic ensemble of local college musicians performed in a flashy black and gold style on September 18.
The Golden Griffon Marching Band has so far raised over $ 70,000 of a goal of $ 80,000 in its donate.missouriwestern.edu uniform replacement fund. That’s enough for Missouri Western State University’s director of percussion, Joshua Knight, to purchase around 140 uniforms, each worth around $ 700, from Stanbury Uniforms Inc. of Brookfield, Missouri. The fund has still been open to donors since Friday. The uniform debut oversaw a 38-37 victory in the NCAA Division II football game over MIAA rival the Emporia State University Hornets. The next big home test is on Saturday, Oct. 2 against the Northwestern Missouri Bearcats.
“The victories we have had have been impressive,” said Knight. “I’m sure the coach (Matt Williamson) would tell you he wishes he didn’t just win by a point, right? But we like to think the group has something to do with it and the excitement that we bring inside this stadium. “
Surplus uniforms are necessary to ensure the correct sizes will be available at all times and to accommodate cycles of natural wear. Western replaced their uniforms for the last time in 2005, and this is seen as an investment for at least a comparable length of time.
It’s a good thing the company is based in the state, said Knight, who oversees all sports groups activities. However, Stanbury is also known among band leaders for its status among a handful of companies nationwide capable of producing bespoke band uniforms in bulk. Last year, after wearing their 2005 uniforms, the band members mostly worked in white overalls. These met every need but also inspired a dream.
Group member Taylor Edwards explained how much more stylish, practical and durable the new design is. The affirmation one feels when riding the Griffin’s shining feathers on his shoulders, moving and playing as one man on behalf of St. Joseph’s hometown college, brings home to countless hours of practice and dedication.
“I finally feel like I’m officially in a college marching band,” said Edwards, a junior at Missouri Western. “It feels really good. And honestly, I have a great sense of pride to be in the uniform. It is a very beautiful representation of the university.
Knight said the community’s support for this effort has been invaluable, and not just because Missouri Western is in a situation where every dollar really counts. By engaging Griffon’s loyal audience in their fanfare, the entire musical program gains visibility. It helps these students learn, and it helps them play their hearts out in front of an enthusiastic audience. Charitable efforts are also at the fore.
“Whether people in the community know it or not, members of the Golden Griffon Marching Band are contributing in so many ways,” said Knight. “It’s not just the music of a Saturday football game. They are woven into the fabric of our region.