East Carteret High School’ Marching Mariners Band received a surprise Monday, October 3, 2014 when they were presented a $32,000 check from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The school band had applied to the Big Rock for funds for new school band uniforms and received notification that $10,000 had been approved. When the members of the Big Rock Board of Directors arrived at the school, they surprised the band and its director, Ashley Wright with the entire amount needed, a whopping $32,000! These funds will provide new uniforms for the entire band.

East Carteret High School Band Director Ashley Wright and her students were very surprised.

“We were so pleased to learn of the generosity of the Big Rock Board of Directors when we were notified that $10,000 would be donated for new school uniforms,” Mrs. Wright said. “Needless to say, when we were given $32,000 it was a wonderful surprise. We greatly appreciate the Big Rock Board for its charitable giving and its support of our students, our school and our community. The East Carteret High School Marching Mariners is an extremely hard working group of students and they all are grateful for the support from the Big Rock.”