Band director Michael Cruz is going to continue the tradition of having girls only as herald trumpet carriers, said Judy Simpson, a former drum major. (r: herald trumpet carriers march north on Houston Street on Jan. 19. Courtesy J. Simpson)
Some more facts are coming in about the trumpets: Poly alumni have donated $1,650 to cover the whole cost to restore six trumpets. The handmade instruments were originally purchased in 1957 for $150 each, paid for by parents and businesses that were part of the Marching 100 booster club.
Plans are to start a donation campaign to create new banners for the trumpets. The original banners, which had tassels that hung from the bottom, read "Marching 100." A pattern has been created to have replica banners made, which will read "Pride of Poly."
Bands from these high schools are also marching in the parade.
- Paschal High School
- Eastern Hills High School
- South Hills High School
- Dunbar High School
- Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
- Trimble Tech High School
Herald trumpets from Poly's famed Marching 100 band will be carried as the band makes its way along the route in downtown Fort Worth. (R: trumpet found in Oct./ST: Max Faulkner)
Six of the original eight trumpets, which had been lost for decades, were found days before Poly High School's centennial reunion event in October. The trumpets are being restored using donations from Poly alumni, and two or three of them will be carried in the parade. Plans are to create banners for the trumpets in the future, according to Judy Simpson, a former drum major who graduated in 1959.
Poly alumni plan to gather at 10:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth and Commerce streets to show their support for the Pride of Poly marching band. The parade begins at 11 a.m. (Below: 1958 photo)