Madison County High School Band struggling with theft of equipment trailer

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) -- The Madison County High School band is headed to a state competition next week, a point of pride for the growing band.

But they won’t be traveling in the style they’ve become accustomed to.

Someone stole the band’s equipment trailer Wednesday night.

Band director Zachary Tyree said the trailer was always parked on school grounds and was unlocked. The trailer had made traveling easier and they planned to wrap it and paint the school’s log on it this summer.

“We bought a new trailer back in the fall,” Tyree said. “For growing the size of the band, and everything to hold more equipment to go to football games, and to go to our feeder middle schools to perform concerts.”

The white Haulmark trailer is 8 x 16 x 8, it has a patch on the front, a side door and dented fenders. It’s also been an enormous to the band.

“We have to find a new trailer, there’s no way for us to carry all, especially when it gets to football season, all of our marching drums, our pit equipment, we’ve got xylophones, bells, we got chimes, bass drums, timpani if we need to take them anywhere,” Tyree said.

The theft comes during a run of growth for the band, which had shrunk to 14 members four years ago. Today there are more than 50 members and they expect the band to grow to 70 members by the fall.

Area band directors have offered to help Madison County’s band take its equipment to state, but that’s only a temporary solution.

Tyree is asking the public for help in finding the trailer, which will cost about $3,000 to replace.

“If they can keep their eyes out for our trailer, we’ve got to figure out some way for this band to be able to continue and go places and perform and continue growing,” he said.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft and is also considering the possibility it was an especially ill-advised prank.

Anyone with information about the trailer or interested in helping the Madison County High School Band can contact Tyree through their Facebook page.