FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Cars inched bumper to bumper in Homestead High School's parking lot Saturday afternoon after families received word of the band's 'Chicken & Dumpling Drive Through' fundraiser.
The fundraiser supplemented the money the band would normally raise at the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival which was canceled this year due COVID-19 in addition to the band's competition season.
However, Homestead band director Bryen Warfield says his students know how to work with this year's changes even if they caused a rift in their schedule.
“They’ve been resilient all year," said Warfield. "Especially when they found out that our competitive season got canceled...they all stuck with it.”
Colorguard member Zoey Acosta says seeing the community support the fundraiser in spite of the festival's cancellation is overwhelming.
“It’s people from all around Fort Wayne supporting the band...They’re gonna give back to us so we can give back to them,” said Acosta.
Warfield says the fundraiser was a community effort, and he looks forward to his students reaping the rewards from their efforts both in the community and when they get to compete again.
“I think this taught them a lot about perseverance," said Warfield. "And I think this is going to serve them well beyond high school.”