December 4, 2020

Marching Braves thriving under new leadership

“Our drum captain, Jacob Starnes, is just an exceptional young man,” says Vogel. “He is kind of a goofball in a positive way, but at the same time he is also very fatherly to his peers. Jacob doesn’t have to be prompted — he just leads because he wants his school to be better and wants the band to be better.”

With strong leaders in the band, Vogel hopes to not only increase band participation but also wants to teach his students about the importance of Marching Band as a crucial component of Friday night football games.

“When I approached these students when I first got here to Heard County, I explained to them that without the football team we would not be a marching band — we would just be a concert band and competing indoors,” says Vogel.

“Our main #1 goal on a Friday night is to encourage our players to perform at their best and to provide an environment that is uplifting and exciting. I told them I expected them to play their hearts out when we are winning and play even harder when we are losing to help motivate our players and let them know we care about them. It is important that the Brave football team knows that we are not a conceited organization and we are here for them.”

The Marching Braves are scheduled to perform at the Super Bowl of Sound at 3:00 PM this Saturday on the new turf at Central High School in Carrollton.

The Marching Braves will also compete at ‘The Sound of the County Invitational’ at Harris County High School on Oct. 15, and ‘The Lafayette Marching Classic’ at Fayette County High School on Oct. 29.

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