COPY-South Carolina band loans equipment to Powhatan students

By Laura Geller - bio | email

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) – Finally, the Powhatan High School marching band has some good news.  Since our stories ran about the group losing its equipment in a devastating fire, the community has stepped up.

Now, Powhatan High School's marching band has once again got the beat.

That's thanks to the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps out of South Carolina.  Our cameras were rolling as they made a very special delivery.

After hearing about the fire on Facebook, the marching band giant is loaning the high school group uniforms, a drum battery, guard equipment and shipping in brass instruments from Indianapolis.

Sophomore Savannah Bustos said it is an emotional day.

"It just makes you speechless," she explained.  "To think that not only did these people hear, but they cared enough to do something for you."

The group needed that help after Saturday's fire.  Investigators said it was caused by friction between the trailer and a tire.

"To lose all the tools that you need to perform it really goes down to your soul and right away we kind of looked at each other in our office and said these kids need help," said Eric Sabach of Carolina Crown.

The surrounding community has stepped in with monetary donations.

Some NBC12 viewers wondered why the band needs money if the equipment is insured.  The school said there's still a question as to how much of the damage will be covered.  Those donations will fill in any gap.

That enables the band to look to the future and a competition this weekend they weren't sure they'd be able to play in.

"We're showing people that yeah we got everything taken away from us, yeah our semi is charred and our instruments are pretty gone but we're pulling through it as a family," said Bustos.

Carolina Crown is loaning the band the equipment until it can come up with a more permanent solution.  The Powhatan students will travel to Charlottesville Saturday to compete at Monticello High School.

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