According to NMK Band Director Bob Medworth, band booster Stephanie Bowman Morgan and others from the group approached Great Dane in regard to the trailer.
"There was no way the band booster organization would ever possibly have a piece of equipment like that without someone being as gracious as Great Dane," Medworth said. "They were interested in helping refurbish it."
Medworth said the trailer -- which band members and staff still refer to as "the new semi" -- was new in 1998.
"But it has started to fade," Medworth said. "It wasn't too pretty, but we knew the expense involved. We certainly don't have the money for fixing up the semi. I, truthfully, didn't know if I'd see it looking newer or not."
"The trailer was looking very worn, almost embarrassing as you could barely read the name on the side," Bowman Morgan told The Brazil Times.
Bowman Morgan added when the program learned it was receiving another grant from the Pepsi Foundation, the band boosters immediately looked into the cost of repainting and applying new graphics on the trailer.
"(Great Dane Plant Manager Gary Parker) and the people of Great Dane took it one step farther," Bowman Morgan said. "They contacted us toward the end of December stating they would not only revamp the trailer for us, but it would be at no cost at all."
She added one of Great Dane's suppliers, Harbor Graphics, also contributed.
Parker told The Times the business repainted the trailer in addition to stripping off old decals and placing new ones on it. They also performed minor repairs as well as replacing hardware and moldings.
"We did some re-work to a few areas that were rusted," Parker said. "To be honest, we actually built the trailer for them. We've had a number of family members with students out there (in the program). As business got better, we looked for opportunities in the community."
Parker said the project took about two weeks to complete.
His four children went through the program, and his son, Jack, was drum major.
"The Marching Knights embody several things that we'd like to think Great Dane stand for as well: Hard work and striving for excellence," Parker said. "And it's always good to feel like you're part of the community."
Medworth said he was grateful Great Dane stepped up to the plate.
"This community is fantastic, and the support they give to our band program is one of the major things that makes it possible for us to continue to have a successful band," he said. "We could never do what we do without our wonderful boosters and community."