Verbena band performs with new uniforms

Published 3:40 pm Friday, September 18, 2015

Band members display their new uniforms at halftime during a football game at Verbena High School. (Contributed photo)

Band members display their new uniforms at halftime during a football game at Verbena High School. (Contributed photo)

By Whitney Denson | Special to the Advertiser

The Red Devil Regiment Band recently received a makeover.

After five years of fundraising, the Verbena High School band was able to purchase new uniforms.

Fifty uniforms, designed by Stanbury Uniforms, arrived at VHS before the 2015 football season, and Band Director Randi Simpson said she couldn’t be happier with the finished product.

“The new uniforms have provided a much-needed update for the Red Devil Regiment Band,” Simpson said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of our alumni and current members for working hard toward a goal and seeing it through.”

Unlike the Red Devils’ former uniforms, the new attire is made with moisture wicking technology to be worn in the Southern heat.

“They feel a lot lighter,” band student Blake Nelson said.

“The uniforms are stellar,” drum major Jacob Penton said. “Now we can rock the competition with our music and our looks.”

According to Simpson, the designs and colors were chosen by band boosters.

$18,000 was the initial cost for 50 full uniforms, and Simpson said band members have raised $14,000 through Verbena Trade Day and hosting a haunted trail each year around October.

However, the band still owes $4,000, in which they are currently accepting donations to help cover the cost.

Individuals and businesses interested in helping may contact Simpson at (205)280-2820 or by e-mail at

“The uniforms were everything we’ve hoped for the last few years,” band parent Ruthann Irvin said. “I hate so many who worked for them will never be able to put them on, but they can still look on with pride at what was accomplished.”

“The uniforms are awesome and well overdue,” color guard sponsor Chris Davenport said. “I am very proud and excited for them.”

“The new uniforms affect the performance of the band for the better,” Simpson said. “The transition into their updated look has made the students want to work extra hard to show how proud they are of their new look.”