Despite the theft of more than $44,000 from the Thomasville High School Band Boosters, the band director is not altering plans for the band to perform in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in the nation’s capitol in April.
“We haven’t given up on it,” said Joe Regina in his second year as band director. “ ... I’m not changing those plans.”
James Deryl Ouzts, former Band Boosters treasurer, is charged with stealing the money.
Band students have personal accounts. When an individual raises money, it goes into that student’s account. The money is used to purchase uniforms and shoes and to pay for band instrument repairs and band trips.
More than $14,000 of the stolen money was in individual students’ names.
“Our goal is to fund-raise and move forward the best we can to do what we have in the past for them,” said Kimberly Waller, Boosters president.
The band raises a lot of money, but it spends a lot, too, Waller explained.
Boosters also help children whose families cannot afford band needs normally funded by individual students.
Boosters assist with the school band budget, too.
Other expenses funded by boosters are meals for band members before bal lgame trips and sometimes afterward.
See Sunday's edition for details.