West Jessamine High to get new band instruments

The West Jessamine County High School Band in Jessamine County is set to receive $110,000 to buy new instruments for the marching and concert bands over the next three years. The money came from the school board as part of $250,000 allotted to all band programs in the county.

"We got $110,000 for our school because our school was in the greatest need," said Rex Payton, band director at West Jessamine.

The school already has used $60,000 to buy instruments to use in this year's marching show, including mellophones, sousaphones and a marimba. Next year, the band will begin replacing its concert instruments.

"Our concert tubas really look like someone threw them down a flight of stairs," Payton said. "They're held together with zip ties ... and we'll have to use them this year."

The band will use its new instruments in this year's marching program, Pulse, a unique show that invokes images of the human heartbeat.

"With the new instruments and the show being really high-concept, it's just cool to see how it makes the kids feel about themselves. They just love it," Payton said.