D211 Post: Old PHS Band Uniforms Get New Life

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            This year sees the Palatine High School Pirate Marching Band taking the field in brand new uniforms.  The uniforms replaced uniforms which began use nearly 30 years ago.  Band director Carlos Esquivel wanted to immortalize the long standing and outgoing uniforms.

            After discussion with members of the Band Boosters the group decided on creating pillows from the uniforms.  The pillows were ultimately designed by Booster member Ellen Theis.  Theis realized the varying size of uniforms would make patters difficult.  With her background as an engineer, she developed the formula which would allow the ultimate use the use for identical pillows.

            “The uniforms themselves were really stunning,” Theis said.  “I wanted to capture a lot of the look and feel of them as we could.  We wanted keep this as a memento for alumni and students.”

            Each pillow has the embroidered P from the back of the jacket on one side and the ornate scroll on the reverse.  The pillow edges are trimmed using material from the uniform trousers.  The boosters have been able to create approximately 200 pillows from retired uniforms.

            The boosters worked closely with Palatine High School Culinary Arts Teacher Erika Varela to use the Family & Consumer Science rooms during band camp.  While students worked on perfecting their performance crafts, the parents worked to craft the collectable pillows.

            Esquivel said the pillows are expected to go on sale during Homecoming.  For more information or to place orders visit the PHS Marching Bands website here or contact Esquivel at 847-755-1802 or