BELTON — For the first time in a decade, Belton High School’s Marching 100 Band will have new uniforms this fall.

The Belton Independent School District board of trustees approved the purchase of 300 uniforms for $111,675 at Monday’s school board meeting.

“Fred J. Miller was the same company we used in 2004, and their customer service is top notch,” said Scott Dudley, BHS band director. “The designer’s idea was to incorporate the Marching 100 logo into the uniform. It’s of long-term significance and importance to the district.

“There’s also a huge bolt of red energy running through the jacket and the hat. The idea is that we already have a brand and it’s well known, so we’ll emphasize it.”

School board President Randy Pittenger said he looks forward to seeing the band in the new uniforms this fall.

“This is exciting, and we don’t do this very often,” he said.

The uniforms will arrive in August, but it won’t be until later in the season that the band will unveil them.

“The first four games of the year, it’s so hot we don’t wear dress uniforms; we wear our casual uniforms,” Dudley said.

The bands were recently recognized for their high marks during University Interscholastic League competition.

“Thank you band directors for all the hard work you do to help students succeed,” Pittenger said.

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