JICHS Pride of the Island Band Backers Oyster Roast

Band Backers VP Megan McLellan looks on as JICHS Band Director Neville Curtis (raffle tickets in hand) and his wife Trivette, are ready to place bids on the auction items. Photo by Liz McCafferty.
Band Backers VP Megan McLellan looks on as JICHS Band Director Neville Curtis (raffle tickets in hand) and his wife Trivette, are ready to place bids on the auction items. Photo by Liz McCafferty.

by Liz McCafferty

The JICHS Pride of the Island Band Backers Association hosted an Oyster Roast and Silent Auction-Raffle at Bowen’s Island Restaurant on Sunday, January 15.

According to Band Backers’ president Heyward McDonald, about 130 people attended the event.

In addition to digging into the steaming pots of oysters, guests jammed to the rock band “The Reckoning” and placed their bids on dozens of auction packages, all while supporting the Island’s award winning high school band.

The award winning JICHS Pride of the Island Band
Wes Powers, percussionist with the band "The Reckoning" takes a break to enjoy some famous Bowens Island steamers. Photo by Liz McCafferty.
Wes Powers, percussionist with the band “The Reckoning” takes a break to enjoy some famous Bowens Island steamers. Photo by Liz McCafferty.

Under the direction of Neville Curtis since 1995, the band has received more than 140 awards. For the last fifteen years the marching band has competed in the South Carolina Marching Championships, earning numerous superior ratings. The marching band has been a State Finalist 11 times.

The Concert Band has earned numerous superior ratings at the South Carolina Concert Band Festival and other regional festivals. The band program has won the South Carolina Outstanding Performance Award, the state’s highest honor, eight times.

The band boasts numerous students in All County, All Region, and All State Bands.

Volunteers and supporters

Behind all the accolades you’ll find the hard working band and color guard students and the tireless efforts of the parent group that supports the students and instructors.

The volunteers in the Band Backers Association are on hand for everything from serving lunches at summer band camp, transporting equipment to competitions, and raising money for instruments, sheet music, uniforms and props.

The Oyster Roast and Silent Auction-Raffle is one of a number of annual events organized by the Band Backers.

This year the event was held at Bowen’s Island, the no frills landmark restaurant just this side of Folly Beach. The venue and weather made for a delightful afternoon in the Lowcountry.

You can see a photo gallery of the event here.

Prize packages

The support of dozens of local businesses was evident in the offerings at the Silent Auction-Raffle.

Band Backers Vice President for Revenue, Megan McLellan, put together auction packages with passes or gift certificates and unique items from 35 local businesses and Pride of the Island Band supporters.

Auction winners will enjoy dinners at some of the area’s favorite restaurants, recreation passes for outdoor activities, tours, movies and theater.  There were gift certificates for manicures and auto service and one of a kind gifts like the 20 x 30 canvas print of Morris Island Lighthouse by JICHS percussion student and photographer, Rivers Rudloff. Value of the auction items was well over $4000.

At this writing, the final tally of the proceeds from this fundraiser is not in, but judging by the photos from the day, a great time was had by all.

Liz McCafferty is a Staff Photographer and Writer for the Bugle.

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