An 18-year-old retired U-Haul truck might not be at the top of every teenager’s transportation wish list, but the members of the Hoover High School marching band are thrilled with their new ride.
“It is great,” said drum major Gabriela Chiquito, 17. “It is a donation and we are really grateful.”
The 1993 truck, which boasts a 24-foot-long box, 220,000 miles and a Hoover-themed wrap, was unveiled during the school’s lunch period on Tuesday. It will be used to transport instruments and other equipment to athletic competitions and band events, school officials said.
The truck comes at a time when the Hoover band, now 40 members strong, is trying to rebuild. The program was put on hiatus for 10 years before it was relaunched in 2006, said current director Marty Rhees, leaving the band with few quality instruments.
What little they did have was being transported improperly, causing further wear and tear.