FLINT TWP. –As a member of the Carman-Ainsworth High School Blue Squad Marching Band, Alex Wickham is familiar with the band’s aging hat racks and uniforms.
“They’re probably 15 years old or even older,” said Wickham, who is a final year at Carman Ainsworth High School and a French horn player in the squad. “I thought it would be nice to design new materials that combine hats and uniforms. This way, it would be easier to carry them when we travel for shows and competitions. “
On September 18, Wickham led a group of volunteers from the Blue Brigade and Troop No. 122, a Boy Scout troop in Swartz Creek, in building the new racks for his Eagle Scout project. About fifteen volunteers gathered outside Carman-Ainsworth High School on a sunny day to assemble and equip the racks that the Blue Brigade expects to use immediately.
In addition to performing at high school football games and other school events, the Blue Brigade is a member of the Michigan Competing Band Association, which holds competitions across Michigan each fall.
Wickham, who has been involved in Scouting since Grade 1, started out as a member of Cub Scout Pack # 110 at Randels Elementary School and then Troop # 122.
While planning his Eagle project, Wickham applied to United Way of Genesee County for funding. The agency provided funds through its Youth Genesee Serves (YGS) initiative to the Carman-Ainsworth Cavalier Band and Orchestra Boosters, which served as the trustee for the project. YGS engages young people aged 5-18 in youth-led service projects, providing them with the skills they need to be successful in work, school and life. – BG