Forest High School’s Orchestra Program will host a fundraiser for the sale of mattresses for new uniforms

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The Forest High School Marching Wildcats will host a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to raise funds for new uniforms to celebrate the program’s 100th anniversary season. of music.

In the winter of 1922, Florida State’s first school group was founded at Ocala High School by Mrs. Browne’ Greaton Cole. The school was renamed Forest High School in 1969, and its music program is recognized as the oldest continuous music program in Florida.

In recent years, the Marching Wildcats have enjoyed great success at competitions and music festivals, and they have received “top” ratings at Florida Bandmasters Association events, which is the highest possible rating. The band’s current uniforms were purchased in 2004, when Forest High School’s new campus opened on Maricamp Road.

“Our current uniforms have worked well and lasted us a lot longer than the average band uniform, but they are definitely showing their age,” said band manager David Jones.

On November 12, Forest High School’s cafeteria located at 5000 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala will be transformed into a mattress showroom. According to the group’s program, nearly 30 different models will be on display for customers to browse.

After selecting a mattress, customers will be able to order it in their preferred size, and premium power adjustable bases, pillows, sheets, bed frames and mattress protectors will also be available.

Renowned brands on offer will include Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, Wellsville and Intellibed. All beds will be available in all sizes, will come with factory warranties and will be made to order. In addition, delivery and transport will also be available.

Due to the fundraising aspect, the beds will be cheaper than in retail stores and Forest High School’s music program will benefit from every purchase.

“We constantly spend a lot of energy to repair and maintain the uniforms. We haven’t been able to wear our helmets for a few years because we don’t have enough of them in usable condition. We also have several jackets held together with literally safety pins. It’s definitely time to replace them,” Jones added.

The band’s program indicates that the expected cost of the new uniforms is over $40,000. Band members have raised about half that amount over the past year and hope to reach their goal this year.

For more information on the upcoming fundraiser, please call Forest High School Group Director David Jones at 352-671-4707 or visit group website.

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