Middletown Historical Society will reward marching band for their help at the festival.
Not everything is peachy with the Appoquinimink High School marching band. Seven years after its inception, the band is in need of new instruments, uniforms, and funds to travel, said Madison Christian, a flute player in the 94-member band.
“Some instruments are broken, especially the flute which is in bad shape,” Christian said. “We also need more uniforms because we’re getting more people.”
One way the marching band is raising money for the things they need is by helping the Middletown Historical Society sell peaches at the upcoming Olde Tyme Peach Festival. The society has been organizing the festival for over two decades.
“We’ll have 20 people working in shifts at the booth throughout the day,” said Ryan Moseley, the instrumental director at Appoquinimink High School. “We’re going to bag the peaches and walk around selling them.”
About 10,000 peaches usually sell at the popular festival, according to the event’s chairman Brian Rickards.
“It’s great that [the marching band] is helping us,” Rickards said. “Their parents will also be there from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. when everything is clean.”
The Middletown Historical Society will reward the Appoquinimink High School marching band for their help at the festival with a donation.
The Salvation Army has been also slated to receive a donation from the historical society this year.
“Supporting local organizations strengthens the community and allows donors to observe the benefits and results of their help,” Rickards said in a statement. “[The band and the Salvation Army] have been quietly changing lives, and deserve your enthusiastic support.”
The Appoquinimink High School marching band takes an overnight trip every year. In 2013 they visited the Magic Kingdom Disney World in Florida. This year the band will take another trip depending on how much money they raise.
“I’d like to go someplace in Europe – Italy,” said Christian.
A trip to Europe would require at least two years of fundraising, according to Moseley, especially when other pressing things like broken instruments take priority.
“We can go to Canada,” Moseley added. “A city like Montreal. A place that is drivable like that.”
The monetary contribution to the school’s marching band from the proceeds of the peach sales at this year’s festival kicks off fundraising efforts for the new school year.
“We are so grateful to have this opportunity to help the historical society. It’s a great partnership,” Moseley said.