When it comes to high school athletics or activities, coaches and instructors will tell you it’s not all about winning, but instead about helping students become successful adults. For the Pride of Piedmont marching band, both success in life and in competition have become a routine.
Piedmont’s marching band has made winning state titles the norm, winning nine in the past 10 years, but for band director Darnell Zook, winning competitions has never been the primary goal.
“Pursue excellence, and success will pursue you,” Zook said in an interview before the start of the marching season. “I tell our kids that if they work hard and do their best, we are going to be successful.”
Zook is proud of his band’s achievements, but he also loves to talk about the impact the marching program has had on the lives of hundreds of students who have passed through Piedmont High School. When speaking to former band members, the constant theme heard is often how much the hard work and commitment in band prepared them for life after high school.
In this week’s Piedmont-Surrey Gazette we speak to two former band members who say their experience has prepared them for success in life.
Brandon Michael, a 2010 Piedmont graduate, said his favorite part about band was, “the feeling of being in a family.”
Megan Murphy, a 2009 Piedmont graduate, also said she enjoyed the community-feel of band and both talk about their ability to overcome challenges as a part of the state championship band program and how their success in high school is leading to success in college.
Pick up this week’s Gazette (Dec. 2) to read the complete article, Success found beyond the field.