SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Utah colorguard community is devastated after someone stole the trailer containing all their equipment from a home in Sandy last week.
The group, Wasatch Independent Colorguards, said the trailer was stolen on December 27 from outside the home of their director, Cory Oliver.
The trailer contained the props, gears and speakers for two colorguards. The estimate the value of the items inside at $3,000.
The group consists of 54 members including nine staff, and come from twenty different high schools around Utah.
“This particular guard is unique in that the staff and members also teach/volunteer for the majority of Utah’s High School Colorguards. The leaders work every week for the love of their craft that give hundreds of Utah students a community and art.
This year is also Wasatch’s ten-year anniversary season.
“Our guard is very diverse, we come from over a dozen schools, we come from a variety of religious backgrounds, and about a quarter of our guard are part of the LGBTQ community.” Says Jessie Kimball, Member and former Wasatch A guard captain. “Our budget comes 100% from member fees, we lost about $3,000 worth of equipment including our recently purchased trailer that we were fixing-up.”
Kimball said most of their guard are college students, and they sacrifice and budget for this type of purchase each year.
Wasatch Independent Performing Arts is a non-profit organization based in Sandy and they created a GoFundMe to help replace the stolen items.
If anyone has seen the trailer, which currently was not licensed as it had just been purchased, please contact Sandy City Police at 801-799-3000.