School band to march on

For the first time in more than 25 years, the Randolph High School Marching band will be able to compete in the New England Scholastic Band Association marching band competitions starting this fall. The Randolph Music Boosters launched a Go-Fund-Me site in March hoping to raise $5,000 for bus transportation needed to take the students to area competitions. As the roughly 60 members of the band were preparing patriotic pieces for the town’s Memorial Day parade, they received news of an anonymous donation that put them well over the top, according to Adam Shekleton, band director. Senior flautist and drum major Charlotte Donovan, who will be attending Clarke University in the fall, said in an interview that when she was in seventh grade and the band started up, a lot of students “didn’t even know what a marching band was. We’ve made a lot of strides.” Junior Corey Cao said taking part in the parades in town has made him feel like a part of Randolph. “We could be like a Needham or another music town,” Cao said. Music booster Sharon Swaim, who set up the funding site, said in an e-mail that the music programs were hard hit by Proposition 2½ and the more recent economic meltdown, but their resurgence helps to draw the town together and boost pride. Fund-raising will continue, she said.