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Taking a Stand: MCHS Band to lose concession stand at end of football season

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

MCHS Band Booster Terry Vogt gets the grill started Friday night. At the end of the football season the old trailer that has been the home of Band’s concession stand will be remove because of a petition.

Bad news came down last week for the Millington Central High School Band.

The program has been on the rebound the last three years under Director Kevin Duncan building up the numbers and competing more. But in order to attend marching events and travel to away football games takes money. And the news of the closing of the concession stand at the end of the football season could be a huge setback for the Millington Band and its Booster Club.

“The guy who lives behind it has petitioned for years to get it moved because that’s what he sees when he looks out his front door,” Millington Band Booster Club President Lisa Vogt said. “He sees this trailer. According to Millington City Ordiance you’re not supposed to have a trailer. I don’t know how many years this trailer has been here.”

The trailer was donated about five year ago to give the Millington Band an opporutunity to raise money from football games. The Band does not receive any of the gate money. But it did benefit from the revenue made at the concession stand selling a variety of items from barbecue nachos to soft drinks.

Vogt said MCHS Principal Mark Neal and officials paid a visit to the trailer and found a few health code issues. The parents working the concession stand have made the changes to meet the requirements.

And most affliliated with the Band Booster Club admit the trailer isn’t the best looking structure.

“This is what we had to work with,” Vogt said. “We’ve done what we can. They said it’s against health code. But what other options do we have?”

The concession stand is one of the program’s biggest money makers. The trailer has been used the last few years to sell snacks, food and drinks on the visitors’ side of the stadium. The money made went toward funding marching competitions and trips to away games.

The money is also used for uniforms, to maintain equipment and get more recognition for the students for scholarship opportunities.

“Right now we have a lot of band alumni who are working with the band,” Vogt noted. “They’ll be performing here Homecoming night Oct. 5. That’s also to attract more attention to come out and support your Millington Band.

“The community support will really make these kids feel like someone cares about them,” she added. “They’re in here trying to do something. No, they’re not a sports team.  But they’re doing something for their future.”

Vogt’s daughter Darian is a senior and said the Band is a positive activity that keeps a lot of children out of trouble. And alumni like Jason Dupree are giving back with a donation of $80 for 80. The program picks a MCHS program to donate to each year with the Band being selected this year.

Vogt is hoping once the trailer is shutdown at the end of the football season, someone will come forward to volunteer donating time, supplies and labor to build a more eye-pleasing structure to support the band.

“I would love to see a perminant structure,” she concluded. “If we can get someone that would like to donate. We’re in the process of getting our 501c3 status. So maybe someone can step forward and use it as a tax deduction. We’ve just filed our charter. We’re in the process of trying to rebuild the boosters from the ground up.”

 

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