Marching bands design their equipment and uniforms for their shows, so why not customize the shakos too?
Introduced in April 2019, FLASH shako visors and wraps allow marching bands to creatively match their shakos to the themes of their marching shows or community events without breaking the bank.
Made of flexible and durable synthetic plastic, the wraps can be printed on both sides to accommodate different designs, logos, and colors. Wraps have 2-inch Velcro strips around the inside base to attach to the 2-inch Velcro bands on the FLASH visors.
“One of our objectives is to serve the underserved,” says Alan Mueggenborg, director of the marching arts division with Bluestem Integrated LLC, parent company of FLASH Visual Media. “For maybe customers who can’t afford new uniforms, this is a way for them to very economically dress up what they currently have.”
The visors are available in XS to XL and in black or white with silver or gold mylar options. The visors also have plume holders at three locations to provide design flexibility. Wraps are available in a standard swoop shape or can be created in a custom shape.
Visors start at $36 each for 20 or more. Wraps start at $15 each for one-sided printing and $17 each for two-sided printing for up to 50.
Some uniform companies already have a 2-inch strip of Velcro on their shakos, so bands could adapt the FLASH shako wraps to existing headgear, says Mueggenborg, who taught band for 35 years.
Visit flashvisualmedia.com for more information.