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WVU Foundation launches Band Aid Uniform Drive for ‘The Pride’

on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:06

Alumni and friends of West Virginia University are being asked to support the Mountaineer Marching Band this year by helping purchase new uniforms.

The WVU Foundation is kicking off its Band Aid Uniform Drive this week to help buy 500 new uniforms for the “Pride of West Virginia” as the band is affectionately known.

It’s been nine years since the last Band Aid Uniform Drive, and Mountaineer Marching Band Director Jay Drury said the current uniforms have served the band well.

“These uniforms literally have been all over the country in all types of weather, from rainstorms to snowstorms,” said Drury. “The generosity shown by alumni and friends back in 2006 to help us pay for our current uniforms was outstanding. Now that we’re ready for new uniforms, we’re confident that support will be there once again.”

Drury noted the uniform is an important part of the special pride and pageantry that is the Mountaineer Marching Band. 

“Where ever we perform, whether it’s at Mountaineer Field, in a parade, or at an away football game, we are not only representing West Virginia University, but our great state and its people,” Drury said. “So it’s important we look our very best.”

Drury said the new uniform will look quite similar to the current uniform, featuring the flying WV logo on the front, reversible capes, and helmets with interchangeable gold, blue and white plumes.

Mary Esposito, assistant director of the WVU Foundation’s University Fund, is coordinating the Band Aid Uniform Drive.  She said donors have several options.

“Those interested in making gifts to the uniform drive can donate a whole uniform or purchase pieces such as coats, pants, or helmets separately. Full $700 donations will feature the donor’s name inside of the uniform,” Esposito said.

The University has agreed to match each full uniform donation of $700 with another additional uniform.

Those wishing to give to the Band Aid Uniform Drive can do so online at or contact the WVU Foundation, 304-284-4000 or 800-847-3856.

Esposito believes the new uniforms will see another nine to ten years of use after their planned debut at this fall’s Homecoming football game, Oct. 10, when WVU hosts Oklahoma State.

“The entire band takes great pride in our sound and appearance,” said WVU Marching Band Drum Major Austin Anderson, a fourth year member of the Pride from New Market, Tenn. “With the support of our fans, the new uniforms will enable us to carry on that tradition where ever we perform.”