RHS boasts 2nd largest band in Ore., needs instruments

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Officials with the Roseburg High School marching band say they have grown so much that they are needing some help with getting enough instruments.

According to the Band Parent Organization (BPO), 7 years ago the RHS Marching Ensemble was down to 42 students.

Now, they say the group is up to 140 students.

The organization credits the musical expertise and enthusiasm of RHS band director Branden Hansen.

They say the band is now the second largest high school marching ensemble in Oregon.

Officials say that with so many in the program now, the band students need instruments.

The cost of new instruments can run from $800 to well over $2000, which makes it difficult for many students.

The BPO is asking former band members and the community to look in the back of their closets, out in the garage or in the attic for their old instruments, and consider donating to the RHS band.

Donations would be tax-deductible.

The BPO says that more important than the deduction, is the fact that the instruments would allow band students who are unable to afford one to pursue their musical ambitions.

The band was featured in a commercial for Coastal Farm and Ranch stores, which is still aired on ESPN's Monday Night Football.