Maplesville students to perform at Huntingdon CollegeBy Emily Beckett Published 5:33pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Four members of Maplesville High School’s Red Devil Band have been selected to perform with Huntingdon College’s Marching Honor Band on Saturday, Oct. 26.
MHS students Megan George, Cheyann Adams, Nathaniel Hollis and Allison Jones will be among nearly 240 high school students marching during halftime of Huntingdon’s football game against North Carolina Wesleyan College at 1 p.m.
MHS band interim director Mike Corley said students selected to take the field with Huntingdon’s Scarlet and Grey during the annual Honor Band are from Alabama and Mississippi, and most have participated in honor bands they had to audition for in the past.
Students are selected based on nominations from their directors, band experience and awards and their academic resumes.
Huntingdon’s Marching Honor Band consists of instrumentalists, color guard and majorettes.
Students like the four representing Maplesville will be able to rehearse and perform with Huntingdon’s Marching Scarlet and Grey; receive a Marching Honor Band T-shirt and commemorative Honor Band pin; and meet and work with Huntingdon students and faculty, all for free.
“These are four of the top players in the band,” Corley said of the MHS students.
Corley said the opportunity also serves as a goal for his other band students to attain before they graduate, as well as a potential stepping-stone for college admission and scholarships.
One of the MHS students is in the eighth grade, and the other three are ninth graders.
Since the MHS band is currently an extra-curricular activity due to the absence of a full-time director to teach a class, all students participate in afterschool practices and special performances voluntarily.
“It’s a wonderful recruiting tool,” Corley said of the Huntingdon opportunity. “This is hopefully something they can work toward the next few years. They’re just super-duper, great kids, and I have nothing but admiration for them.”