Tyner Academy Rebuilding Band Program
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tyner Pride Band has been through a lot recently.
The band has gone through leadership changes, experienced missing or stolen equipment and instruments – but they’re coming out on top.
Senior and drum major Deondre Hampton joined the Tyner Pride Band for the comaraderie and his love for music.
“Seeing everyone’s pride, and seeing how much everyone loves what they’re doing,” Hampton said. “People put so much hard work and dedication into it you know. You have something to work up to.”
But that pride took a hit, when they went through three new band directors since 2015.
Thousands of dollars’ worth of instruments disappeared, and many band members quit.
“It was pretty hard for us to rebuild our program until we had our most recent band director come,” Hampton said.
“People had just dropped the class,” said new band director, Myron Smith. “They had stopped coming to band practice. It got to the point where as the county actually shut down the band program. When I came in and actually did the interview, there was no band program.”
When Smith took over last year, there were only five marching band members at rookie camp.
After a lot of recruitment and hard work over a month, that number grew to 45 kids.
Things, for the most part now, are back to normal, but Smith is still working to get more instruments to fill that gap.
“We service 6th through 12th in the bands,” Smith said. So the instruments that are in use right now are only in use by the high school. So the middle schoolers actually have to go buy their own instruments.”
“Base horns, tubas, trumpets, woodwinds, just about almost everything we’re in need of,” Hampton said. “But we’re holding it together with what we’ve got. Making it work. Still putting on a show.”
Despite what the band has been through, they have big goals for this season, and Smith believes they will make it happen.
“The kids that we have this year, they’re very hard working, they’re very dedicated, and they’re very motivated,” Smith said. “I’m actually blessed to have the group of kids that I have this year. So smaller, but we still have power.”
Smith says their main goal is to get the group to the Super Band Bowl.
The top three bands with the most votes get to compete.
You can vote for the Tyner Pride Band here: www.superbandbowl.com
If you’re interested in donating, write a check out to the Tyner Pride Band, and bring it by Tyner Academy.
You can also drop off any unwanted instruments to the band room.