Friday night during the Peach County homecoming game with Central, 13WMAZ's Marvin James posted a 2-and-1/2 minute video of the Central Sugarbear Marching Band, and in the first 48 hours, it reached more than 100,000 views. The clip features the band playing a Tuskegee University fan favorite and reached more than 200,000 views, 3,200 likes, 600 comments, and 2,300 shares as of now. Band director Mike Scott says the school is excited with the video's popularity and proud to share that they have much more to offer.
"I'm overwhelmed by the great and wonderful responses that we've been getting and super proud of my students, but to be honest with you, it's not what about what they produce musically or at a football game. I'm proud of the efforts they show as leaders around the school and the community and in the classrooms and at home because the same culture we produce here in the band room, we challenge them to take that into their personal lives, and I've watched them grow into adults and that's the most gratifying thing," Scott says.
This is Scott's fourth year at Central High School. He has watched the band membership double from 68 to 135 during his tenure, and he says the best is yet to come.
"Really, marching band is only a small percentage of what they do here. If I had to put a percentage, I would say about less than 20 percent. We have two concert bands: a symphonic band, jazz and percussion ensemble, plus my students also auditon for all-state and honor bands. Marching band is the fun stuff, the ice cream and cake, what I like to call it, but they take the same discipline and same principles to prepare for the marching band performances for our concerts. It's really great that people are starting to notice the results of the hard work that they put in each and every day," Scott says.
The Central High School Sugar Bear Band will host its first annual fundraiser concert October 18th at 7 p.m. on campus to raise money for new band instruments and equipment.
They are asking band alumni, teachers, faculty, students, parents, and the community members to support financially.