A pair of grants from area organizations will keep Polk County High School’s marching band looking as good as they sound for many years.

The Polk County Cadets recently unveiled their new uniforms. Band members had previously been wearing uniforms purchased in 1995, and 20-plus years of wear and tear and alterations had left those uniforms in too poor a shape for use.

The band faced raising more than $48,000 to purchase enough new uniforms. Students and parents raised almost half that total, with a $24,000 grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the Tryon Rotary Club helping the Cadets reach their goal.

The uniforms will be worn by many students at Polk County High School and will be seen throughout the county, neighboring counties and the Southeast as the marching band performs and competes. Band director Cindy Gilbert said she is extremely grateful to both organizations for their support of the band program.