Central Texas steps up to help California drum & bugle corps

Central Texas steps up to help California drum & bugle corps


The Central Texas community stepped up to make sure more than 200 members of a world class drum and bugle corps from California didn’t go hungry after the group unexpectedly lost their food trailer in an accident earlier this month while traveling from Kansas to Oklahoma with a stop planned in Waco.

The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps’ food truck, a self-contained kitchen housed in a modified commercial trailer nicknamed “Miss Amana,” was a total loss.

“Following this unfortunate news, we have been amazed by the outpouring of love and support from our drum corps community,” the group said on its website.

“Rest assured that the corps will not miss a meal, due to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding admin staff and amazing team of volunteers.”

“We are currently making catering arrangements to ensure the performers, volunteers, and staff are well fed and have proper meals available to them. We have also started the process of renting another mobile kitchen for the remainder of our season.”

Within hours of the accident, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps offered to provide the first meal following the corps’ performance in Broken Arrow, Okla.

While the group did not perform in Central Texas the team’s members spent the night at Midway High School. Midway ISD Band director Pam Hyatt immediately got to work to make sure the group was well fed.

H-E-B offered a donation, Bush’s Chicken in Hewitt covered a lunch and Raising Canes also agreed to pitch in. Newk’s Eatery, Panera Bread, the Waco Scottish Rite Stan C. Parker Foundation, Marco’s Pizza also stepped in with generous food donations to help feed the corps.

Baylor Food Services opened their dining hall for the group for two evening meals at a discounted cost of $7 a person.

The California group is raising money to purchase a new food truck as part of a capital campaign to raise more than a million dollars for the program.



Article first published by KWTX.com July 17, 2018.


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