Hartselle High School’s Band ensures the show goes on despite uniform damage

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A quick decision to add color under the Friday Night Lights left a black mark for the Hartselle High School band.

"I think we had some overzealous student section fans and they threw some colored powder that you've seen other schools do," Principal Jeff Hyche said.

The Hartselle High Band takes pride in showing school spirit at the game, but they weren't ready for this.

"The uniforms received some damage of some dye on the embroidery," Hartselle City Schools Director of Band Randall Key said.

Just after halftime on Friday, the cloud of red powder colored more than the students bargained for.

"It was windy and instead of coming right back down, it blew," Hyche explained. "It unfortunately blew on other spectators and our band."

School leaders said their fun went a little too far during the game.

"There was no malicious intent, these kids are very upset that it happened," Hyche said.

Unfortunately, the colored powder damaged about half of the uniform collection. Days later, the band members are still working to make sure the show goes on.

"We're positive about it, we're hoping things are going to work out," Key said.

Now the high school is taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"We're going to use this as a learning experience," Hyche said. "We're going to instill a new policy because we don't have anything "extra curriculars" specific like that."
The band uniforms and instruments are currently being assessed for cost of damages. The principal said those involved in the powder predicament will pay restitution.