“We’re really the only band left in the area that traveled to away games,” Parsons said. “... We felt that the funds could be better spent for the program within our own community (playing at home games).”
In Salem, renovations at Bertram Field, the city’s football stadium, have skewed the football schedule. The band and football team will have to play all out-of-town games for the next two months, until the new field is ready. City officials expect Bertram Field to be ready for use by Nov. 1 and plan to host Beverly for the much-anticipated Thanksgiving Day game.
Costa said the Beverly and Salem bands will combine on the field to play the national anthem before the Thanksgiving game.
This summer, Napierkowski launched a fundraising campaign for much-needed new uniforms, as well as drum equipment and instruments for beginner band students in Salem.
After several months of fundraising, Napierkowski said she’s collected more than $14,000 but hopes to reach her goal of $100,000 by February.
Bethany Bray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.