Marching bands shine at showcase
BY AMELIA HARPER
Monday, September 24, 2018
Saturday night was a time for participants in Nash County marching band programs to shine.
The second annual Nash-Rocky Mount Marching Band Showcase was held Saturday night at Northern Nash HIgh School. Bands from Northern Nash, Southern Nash, Nash Central and Rocky Mount high schools all presented programs displaying the musical talents of students across the school district.
“These students really worked hard and poured their souls into their work,” said Tammy Rundle, one of the organizers of the event. “It is amazing how individual talents come together in a unified spectacular way.”
Roughly 600 people attended the event and about 200 students participated in the marching band presentations.
Rundle said the purpose of the event is to draw attention to the program.
“We are trying to build awareness of the marching band program,” Rundle said. “Even though these students all come from different schools they can come together and work in unity for something that is beneficial to them all.”
Rundle said the event also helps raise much-needed funds for the program.
“We want all students to be able to participate in the band or color guard if they want,” Rundle said.
Rundle said band classes are covered in public education funding, but extracurricular activities, like marching band and color guard, are not. The costs of uniforms and instrument rentals make the activity cost-prohibitive for many students. In addition, there are additional costs for instructors, band trips and competitions that are not covered by student fees.
Shoan Whitley, a self-described “proud band parent,” was at the showcase watching her daughter play the flute with the Rocky Mount High School band.
“This event allows the bands to showcase their talent for everyone because a lot of people aren’t able to go to the competitions,” Whitley said. “It also gives us a chance to raise money for the band program.”
Whitley said she also likes the spirit of event.
“The way this event is organized is more about camaraderie, rather than competition,” Whitley said. “I like that a lot.”