Last week Kearney voters approved millions of dollars for a school bond to build a new high school. Now students in the Bearcat marching band are getting excited about the new facility.
At the current high school, band members must carry their equipment all the way to the middle school football field, both before and after practice, which often cuts into their practice time. In the music room, they must split into groups of three and have separate practices.
The band also must resort to using the auditorium and wrestling room for band camp, but that will all change in just a few years.
Band director Nathan LeFeber says he's thrilled that he will have new, larger facilities for his band.
"Prior to this I've had to have ear plugs in my ears when I'm rehearsing the band, it's so loud I can't hear anything. A band teacher that has to wear ear plugs to rehearse his band is not a good thing," said LeFeber.
The new school is set to open in 2016 and it couldn't come at a better time. There are 160 sixth graders participating in band this year, and new facilities are a must before they reach the high school.