By Traci Chapman
Yukon Public School District played a key role in making the dreams of Mustang High School marching band members a reality Wednesday, one day after transportation for that band’s trip to national competition in Indianapolis fell through.
It was very stressful for more than 24 hours for Mustang High School band staff, students and families, after they learned mid-afternoon Tuesday the transportation for their final season competition – Bands of America’s Grand Nationals, held in Indianapolis – fell through.
What happened next “restored our faith in humanity,” the district stated in a statement issued shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday – as the community stepped up to help make the trip go forward as planned.
Yukon was one of several Oklahoma school district who stepped up – and it was one of two, along with Mid-Del Schools – that would provide buses for the 282-member band, directors and chaperones to allow them to get to Indianapolis.
In addition to Yukon and Mid-Del, administrators thanked several other districts, bands and other student organizations, specifically Mid-Del Public Schools; Yukon Public Schools; Edmond Public Schools; Moore Public Schools; Westville Schools; Bethany High School Senior Class; Edmond Santa Fe Band; Putnam City Public Schools; and Putnam City High School Band.
“After working through several logistical challenges, the band will travel to Indianapolis using buses from Mid-Del Public Schools, Yukon Public Schools, as well as buses from Mustang Public Schools,” Mustang communications director Kirk Wilson said. “MPS will supply the drivers for the trip which may impact bus routes on Thursday and Friday, so we are asking for patience and understanding from our community with any delays in normal bus service.”
Others specifically thanked by the district for their assistance were OAI Aero, Rogers Worldwide Transportation, Bob Rogers Travel, Summit Tour & Travel, Inc., Royal Limos, Rep. Brian Hill, All American Bank, Allegiant Air and Mustang First Baptist Church, as well as “the numerous individuals who volunteered their time or to drive, offered thoughts/prayers, or just shared our story.”
In a separate email sent to Mustang families, administrators asked families of students who regularly ride the bus to their school sites to be patient Thursday and Friday, while the band is on its way to and in Indianapolis.
“This will likely have an impact on pickup/delivery times for our bus routes on Thursday and Friday of this week,” MPS transportation department stated in that communication. “If possible, it may help with potential delays if those who are able could transport their own children to school on those two days – we are asking for your patience and understanding as we work to make this dream for our band students into a reality.”
Mustang High School marching band is scheduled to give its preliminary performance at BOA Grand Nationals at 11 a.m. Friday.