CAMERON — The Elkin City Schools Marching Ambassador Band competed at the Union Pines Marching Band Competition in Cameron on Oct. 24 and finished with a score which was only .9 away from a rating of “excellence.” This is teacher Kory Strother’s first year teaching band, and it has been a season of learning.
Strother stresses repetition in practice for band members and believes any musician will get out of a performance what he puts into it. Strother attended Mountain View High School in Virginia and went on to graduate from Greensboro College in 2013. Music has always been one of Strother’s passions, as he majored in music in college and played in both high school and college bands.
Today, he admitted the toughest part of his work is guiding all 31 band students while “trying to build the program.” Strothers works with students in grades 7-12, saying, “I decided to teach band because I love music, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
According to band students, that passion for music is catching on, and life lessons are being learned. Kennedy Moses, bass drum player, commented, “I joined band because I love music, and I have learned a lot about teamwork.”
Perhaps most importantly, Elkin’s band program helps youth put down roots and grow as people. Drum major Ethan Mastin commented, “I’ve learned how to be comfortable in my own skin. I joined band because it’s the place I feel most at home.”
Lauren Bryant and Henry Freeman are members of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.