Proviso East Band Marches in South Carolina State University Homecoming Parade
December 3, 2015 01:50 PM
The Proviso East High School Marching Band recently traveled to Orangeburg, South Carolina, where they participated in the homecoming parade for South Carolina State University.
Mr. Cletus Seals, the Proviso East band director, is a South Carolina State alum. The trip, which took place during the weekend of October 31, was an opportunity for seniors in the Proviso East band to tour the university, Mr. Seals said. They also were able to meet the band director, Dr. John P. Robinson, and attend a band clinic that gave them the direction of how to best utilize their instruments to attain a more professional sound, he said.
"Most of all, this was an opportunity for our students to display their marching band qualities in the hope of garnering band scholarships for the oncoming 2016-2017 school year," Mr. Seals said. "Our ultimate goal for these educational trips is to not only move our students out of high school to college, but also to keep them safe and in a positive direction."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that being able to perform in front of a larger audience such as the parade attendees at South Carolina State University was an excellent opportunity for the students.
"The marching band has been a source of pride at Proviso East for a long time," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We are proud of the work that the marching band continues to do under Mr. Seals’ direction and we wish them continued success."
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that a trip such as this inspires students to do their best.
"Anytime students are able to see that what they do matters in the eyes of others, they are motivated to do more to succeed," he said. "This was an excellent opportunity for our students and one that I hope that they continue to pursue in the future."