Forsyth Marching Band Keeps Kids off Streets | News
They call themselves the Magnificent Marching Machine and it's all business on the field.
From snares to quad drums, each member is armed with various percussion instruments.
"Anyone can bring their own style of music and everybody can mix their beats together to make a nice drum line cadence," says 17-year-old band member Clay Vedder.
"I feel like we can be the best in middle Ga," says another band member, 19-year-old Jabaughn Carrawell.
This isn't your average drum line.
The group is made up of members ages seven and up. The instruments they play are all borrowed from schools in Crawford, Putnam, and Monroe counties.
"We're all about the educational program, trying to get kids that are at risk," says co-founder Brandon Moore.
Moore and Dustin Pope, the other co-founder, started the non-profit group in August 2012 to use music as a way to keep kids off the streets and in school. These are life lessons disguised in music.
"It teaches discipline and then rhythm. Because reading drum music, you read a lot more notes," says Vedder. "And then you have to get together with friends because you can't play one drum sound good."
"Its so important because it's very therapeutic . If you're having a bad day, you can get on your drum and beat it out. It's so much more than music," says director Galen Jacobs.
The group practices for four hours every weekend at the Monroe County Recreation Department. Band membership is open to all individuals living in central Georgia.
Visit their facebook or contact Galen Jacobs at (478) 538-7512