I was born in Knoxville, Tn, a long time ago. My parents, my sister and I moved to Foley in 1988. When we moved here I was a soccer player and a tuba player. The time came to make a decision between the two and not knowing where it would take me, I chose the band. I was one of four individuals that was asked to be in the marching band going into our 7th grade year. I was all-state, all-county, various honor bands including Auburn and Troy State universities. Our first year we participated in Bands of America in Hattiesburg, MS. we won 5th place out of several bands from all over. At that moment, I learned that pride, hard work, and discipline pays off.
I graduated in 1995 with honors and with a music scholarship to East Tennessee State University.
I now have 2 children Heather 13, and Marcus, 4. I have worked at O’Charley’s for 13 years.
The people who influenced me the most where probably the teachers I hated the most and the other members of my PRIDE family. The teachers because they didn’t cut me any slack and the PRIDE family because we were always competing with ourselves, each other, and other bands.
What advise would I pass on? Hmm tough one… I grew up, not only physically but mentally, with an awesome organization. It taught me a sense of pride. Whatever organization you are a part of, have fun! Do your best, make the people who support you proud. If/when you make a mistake, MAKE IT BIG! Learn from it and keep going!
Like so many before me, I too left my legacy on the walls of the band room. I’m now a proud band aunt and a band mom.
Class of ’95