The Golden Griffin Marching Band Experience
September 20-22, the award winning Golden Griffin Marching Band, further known as GGMB for the remainder of this article, left Fairfield Central High School to attend a band competition at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. While we are a competitive organization, we are scholars first. With that being said, GGMB was able to visit a couple of college campuses and interact and ask questions about the institutions.
Our first stop on Friday, September 20th was Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, NC where we were warmly greeted by Chief Patricia Norris, the Chief of police for Winston Salem State University as well as Dr. Myron Brown, Associate Fine Arts Professor. Th ere, scholars were not only able to gain the history of this campus from an Winston Salem State University Alumni, they were also opened up to life aft er high school and was able to begin exploring further educational options upon graduating from High School. We had several students who were interested in this institution for business, ROTC, Criminal Justice, Biology and many more majors. We also had the privilege of interacting with current students to ask questions about campus life and get their perspective on the institution. Our next stop was Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA; where we were warmly greeted by Professor James Holden, Director of Bands for Virginia State University’s Fine Arts Department as well as, Professor Taylor Whitehead, the Assistant Director of Bands for Virginia State University’s “Trojan Explosion” Marching Band. At this institution we were also able to interact not only with currents students during our dining, we were also able to interact with the Virginia State “Trojan Explosion” Marching Band. There they allowed for us to utilize their band room as well as outside practice space and gave us positive feedback for our upcoming competition. The warm welcome we received from both institutions certainly left a positive mark on our scholars and opened their minds up to life after high school.
Saturday, September 21 we woke up with fresh minds,ready to compete at Norfolk State University. Upon arriving on the premises we were greeted by the staff of Norfolk State University’s “Spartan Legion” Marching Band who gave us clear instructions and made sure every need or concern we had was properly handled. The brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, INC. as well as Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, INC. were there to assist us as well. These organizations purpose is to serve the band while maintaining positive academic standing, students were asking questions about the organization and what it takes to join and showed much interest. Scholars also had the opportunity to ask members of the Spartan Legion Marching Band about campus life and what it would take to become apart of the Nor-folk State University family. Our scholars took the field at 1:30pm and left it all out there. Placing 2nd in our division, with percussion taking 1st place overall in our division and auxiliary taking 4th place out of all three divisions. Once the competition concluded, GGMB was able to mingle with the Heritage High School “Marching Storm” Band where we battled separately but then came together in the end and played a couple selections showcasing, as Principal Swilley, so elegantly stated “Unity in the Community”. The Golden Griffin Marching Band did an excellent job and defi nitely left a positive mark in North Carolina and Virginia. GGGGGGGGGGGG 2..... YOOOOOU KNOOOOOOOW!!!!