IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. – Less than a week removed from tragedy, the South Iredell High School band performed at its first football game since an accident at North Iredell High School injured several members.
The traffic was bumper-to-bumper with the entire local community flooding the stadium to support the band and those who were injured. Inside the stadium, fans, players, and band members had #BandStrong inscribed on shirts, banners, and instruments, which was the message they intended to delivery Friday night.
"You just see people screaming and crying, and there was blood everywhere," said one South Iredell student, recalling the scene at North Iredell High School when a box truck struck a concrete awning.
For some South Iredell band members it was a close call. Some suffered minor injuries or weren't hurt, but several suffered serious injuries that will leave lifetime impacts.
Friday, the band was back at it, performing during the school's football game against Lake Norman, but not everyone could be there because of the accident.
"It was a tragedy and we needed to step up and do something as a community," said a South Iredell parent, who was helping raise money for accident victims.
Area schools and bands did their best to chip and help the shorthanded group perform Friday. Others, including the Appalachian State band, took it even further, spelling out "SIHS" during practice, a signal of unity in the marching band community.
Volunteers did their best Friday to raise funds for the families impacted.
"Families are picking up medical bills from this tragedy, so 100-percent of proceeds go back to the band," one fund raiser told WCNC.