Last Saturday's rummage sale at Hesperia High School benefited the Black & Gold Regiment Marching Band, which is gearing up for its Spring Concert and remaining competitions.


"It's to pay for the things we did this year and get a start on next year," said band director Melissa Long.


Proceeds from the sale and other band fundraisers will help pay for the band's remaining competitions, the end-of-the-year awards banquet and the performance rights for future shows. Funds are also needed for new band uniforms, which cost more than $200 each, she said.


"We're not slated to get news ones for the next several years, so we're in the patch and repair phase right now."


Long, who is finishing her first school year as band director, said the year went well.


"It's been a great year over all. I've learned a lot, and I think they've learned a lot."


However, she faces a big recruiting challenge as about half of the current band members are seniors.


"We're trying to find some freshmen so we're not a 20-piece band," she joked.


Long is also hoping the school's choir teacher, Amanda Graley, will be able to remain on staff despite receiving notice that she could be laid off due to school budget cuts.


"Amanda is fantastic as a choir teacher. We're hoping her position will be reinstated and she'll be back."


The Black & Gold's Spring Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The Choir Concert will be on Tuesday, May 4.