On Monday the 16th of April, the Jacket Regiment’s tower caught fire.
North Augusta Public Safety said that the burning of the tower was caused by an electrical short in the outlet.
Some students do not think that this is the case the Jacket Regiment has not used the band field since marching band, the season ended in November.
A senior band member, Jillian Newman said, “I think the tower was burned by a person to make a dumb statement. I just know it could not have been an electrical short, because none of the lines touch the tower itself, and none of them fell.”
The tower was donated by a family to the Jacket Regiment when a member, Daniel O’neal, a member in the marching band died in a car crash. On the way to competitions the Jacket Regiment pays respects by sitting in silence as they pass the Daniel O’neal practice field; on the way back, the band starts to sing the Alma Mater as they pass the practice field and then sit in silence until they get off the bus.
The significance of the tower varied by many.
“The tower was a symbol of unity and pride,” said Deen. “Some of my best motivational speeches came from that tower.”
Newman said, “The tower represented family to me because it was what brought everybody who liked band together to a fun thing as one. It, also, represented family, because it was named after a former band student who has passed away, and we sing the alma mater when we pass the tower.”
“It was important to the band, because it is what we would stand in front of to learn,” said Hunter Speering. “The tower has been there for years, and it is a part of the band tradition and what has made our past as a band program.”
“I do not care about the importance of the tower, however, I can see why others might be upset,” said Nicholas Hoehn, a sophomore in the marching band.
Despite the negative majority of the perspectives, some believe that there can be a positive outcome.
“Life brings on change and new challenges,” said Deen. “This is one of them.”
Speering said, “I think it will be sad for the older generation and Deen. I think it will be different and difficult.”