For the first time in its 20 year existence the Band Trailer, the vehicle used to haul the marching band’s instruments to away performances, is getting a major overhaul.
The trailer was first used by the Berea Marching band to replace a retiring school bus that used to haul the instruments to various road games. In 2013 the trailer was wrapped for the new Berea-Midpark Titan Marching Band and it has been proudly driven all over northeast Ohio, Columbus and few trips to Disney World.
Periodic routine maintenance, a few repairs to some dents and dings have kept the trailer in surprisingly good shape. Of course it has its own storied history of being backed into by a dump truck, students locking themselves inside of it at a Browns game, and a confused driver who took it to Avon instead of Avon Lake. But through it all the trailer has survived the thousands of students who have loaded and unloaded instruments for the past 20 years.
With funding from the Band Boosters, Mr. Fudale, Mr. Benzin and a handful of students set out to the school district’s bus yard to begin the process of removing the old wrap. The trailer will then be reviewed and repaired regarding interior and electrical systems by band booster, Jeff Hiller. Following that, the trailer will be sanded, sealed and painted with a primer coat while a new wrap is designed. All of this has to be done outdoors while the weather is still warm. If all goes as planned, the trailer should make it’s fresh debut by the end of season.
Meanwhile, the band will continue to use the trailer for road games and away performances. So, for the time being it may not be the prettiest thing on the road with its missing decals and soon-to-be primer coat, but it should catch some highway eyes on the trip to Disney next April.