The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Ken Showalter spends a lot of time with the Washington High School Band, the Golden Pride.
"I've been president of the band boosters the last couple years," said Showalter. "I'm always trying to come up with fundraisers for the kids that are a little different. With all the budget cuts schools are having to make, it's important to keep having that extra money come in."
Showalter was responsible for bring the Harlem Wizards to Washington on more than one occasion and in May he helped to bring The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles Tribute band to the the high school for a special performance with members of the band.
"I like to go the entertainment route because that's something that we don't really have a lot of here," said Showalter. "The kids loved the show in May. The people in the audience weren't just clapping for the Legends, they were clapping for the kids and how much they were enjoying the show. That show is something they hopefully always remember."
He's also the man behind the other fundraisers like the mattress sales and an upcoming fundraiser the band members will be starting later in the fall.
"I'm just always looking for something that isn't the same thing over and over again. And I like to try to find more activity type things they can do as well. The band participated in Drive One 4 Ur School with Bill Dobson Ford and everyone seemed to really enjoy that."
Showalter who has a daughter currently in the Indiana State University Band and another daughter in 7th grade band, said he really enjoys what he does for the high school band.
"The kids do quite a traveling for their competitions. I go and make sure all their equipment is ready to go," he said. He also spends countless hours working the concessions stands during football and basketball season.
Over the next several weeks, Showalter will be at nearly every performance. "We spend a lot of time on the road going to support the kids. I always make sure they have some kind of treat or incentive after each contest. The kids all work really hard on their show."
Showalter has also played a vital role in helping the Golden Pride become a 501c3 non-profit organizations. "Now any contributions to the band program are tax deductible."
Not one to take credit for all his work, Showalter, who has also been a member of the volunteer fire department since 1986, said he prefers to stay behind the scenes with many of his projects with the band. "It's not about me, it's about the kids."