Haas directing

Duncan High School band director Jeramy Haas directs band members in playing the fight song before bikers start the race. The Dehydrator has different routes and expects around 500-600 riders to support the Duncan band programs.

Riding to the sound of music is something that draws riders from all over the state of Oklahoma. That’ll be no different this year as the annual Deyhdrator Bike ride prepares to help the Duncan band program.

With the cycling event last year having around 500 riders coming to the city to support the Duncan Middle School and High School band program, this year will follow tradition and is set for the last Saturday of July — July 30.

Duncan Band Director Jeramy Haas said this event helps raise funds for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year and is grateful for the event.

“The Dehydrator, sponsored by the Duncan Band Boosters, is a wonderful event and is one of only two fundraisers that the Band Boosters put on,” Haas said. “The money raised from the Dehydrator has been used to purchase new instruments and equipment, food to feed the Middle School and High School Bands, travel expenses and trailers.”

For a second year in a row, the chairwoman, Melissa Channel, said the event is extremely helpful for the program. Her expectations are high for the ride.

“So far, things are on track to have a great ride. We are expecting 500-600 riders and our routes will be marked really well so the riders will be able to know which route they are on,” Channel said. “The Simmons Center will be able to provide free showers for the riders like they have been and it is something for us to offer. Our chicken spaghetti dinner will be available after the ride to those who want to participate. We are looking forward to having them come out. The main thing is to raise funds for the band program so the middle and high school band can do the things they are used to.”

With the event registration ongoing, the Duncan Band program has seen much success the past few years. Haas said without this event, it would be difficult to have a successful band program.

“Without the Dehydrator, many of these items could not be purchased to help our students. The impact of the Dehydrator for our students is huge and is a reason why the Duncan bands have been so successful over the years,” Haas said. “One big take-away from the Dehydrator is seeing so many Band parents working together to help, not only their child but so many others in the program becoming a part of the Band Family.”

Channel agreed the success of the band is measured by the support of the community and The Dehydrator.

“The Dehydrator is an event that brings the community together and makes them more aware of the band and their successes,” Channel said. “The band this year won sweepstakes and they made superior ratings and did really well. Having the band boosters and the community behind them shows the kids that they have people who are supporting them and that contributes to them wanting to be more successful.”

Registration is available on The Dehydrator website at thedehydrator.org or on Bikereg.com. Registration will cut off the Wednesday before the event to guarantee a meal and goodies.

If people want to register after the deadline, they can register in person the night before the ride from 6-9 p.m. July 29 or come early to the ride to register the day of the event.

The ride starts at 7 a.m. July 30 and will begin at The Simmons Center. 

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