By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
“Previous officers have remained involved as support for the incoming officers and we are proud to be continuing their legacy,” said President Bonnie Miller.
“Our main object is to support the junior high band, high school band and the beginner band and the one director, Steven Kershaw, who oversees them all. Mr. Kershaw will face challenges as he juggles needs of all three schools and we will support him in any way that he needs. If he needs new music or whatever the need may be,” Miller said.
The Blue Brigade boosters, with a membership of 75, primarily is made up of band parents, but includes parents of color guard and dance team members.
Miller described the Brigade boosters as one unit.
“We are all parents who want to be involved in the lives of our children. We want to not just be on the sidelines looking, but actually be a part of it. We are all doers. It is all about the children. We provide meals, raise funds for trips, measure for uniforms at band registration time. There are a lot of behind the scenes efforts that go unnoticed but are imperative to getting the students on the field.
“We moved here last year from San Diego, which was a huge change. As soon as we got involved in the community, we just fell in love with everyone and there is such a big heart,” Miller says.
Siblings are a part of the Blue Brigade boosters as well.
Miller says, “My daughter, Emily, who is nine-years-old, is involved. She admires our majorette on the Blue Brigade and loves to watch.”
Major projects for this year include: Fundraising with a Coca-Cola sale and band camp “Showcase” where the students let the community preview the half-time show and sell dinner plates. The Blue Brigade boosters will continue to fund raise throughout the year with a chocolate sale and pancake breakfast.
“I am extremely excited about the band program under the leadership of Mr. Steven Kershaw. His knowledge and passion for music has flowed into the students and there is a new level of excitement in the band program. I am looking forward to an exciting year from the Blue Brigade,” says School Superintendent Alan Lumpkin.