AMERICAN FORK American Fork High School Marching Band is dedicating its Macy's parade performance to the late T. Luke Savage and his wife, Susan, in return for 12 new sousaphones, miles of trucking and years of service.
Band director John Miller said when he mentioned to Savage how old the sousaphones were getting, Savage asked him how many new ones he needed.
"I need 12," Miller said, and Savage said, "Order them."
At a cost of about $10,000 apiece, that represented a considerable investment, Miller said. In addition, Savage Industries has donated a semitrailer unit, along with a driver, to haul instruments to all of the various competitions and to New York.
The Bank of American Fork has also stepped up to help, offering to match donations up to $20,000. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible and should be made through the Alpine Foundation.
Macy's in Orem donated the proceeds from a Saturday's shopping to the band, and Wal-Mart has given the band $2,500.
As of departure, the band had nearly enough.
"We're going to go for sure," Miller said. "If we don't meet our goal, the kids will just work to pay it back when we get back."