On October 30 and 31, the Lyon College Marching Band facilitated the Arkansas State Marching Band Contest, which hosted 62 high school bands in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. When the school originally slated to provide the staff to run the contest cancelled its participation in the event, organizers asked the Lyon band to step in.
During the two-day event, the Lyon Band directed all logistics, guiding bands to the performance area, coordinating field performance for directors and students, and supervising the warm-up area. Through these efforts, Lyon volunteers were able to interact with the top high school band students in Arkansas. According to senior baritone player Jhanay Turner, “Being involved in this event was a game changer for our band program. Over 20,000 parents and students now know more about us."
Student volunteers included Alta Summers, Tim Tignor, Victoria Prater-Rochier, Melissa Elliot, Zoya Miller, Rebecca Farhat, Brianna Sanchez, Critz Fletcher, and Jhanay Turner.
"Our students were a huge hit with the high school students that were competing," said Lyon Director of Bands Monty Hill. "The visibility that Lyon College gained from this event is immeasurable."
The Lyon logo appeared on the stadium’s electronic board, along with a note of thanks for the assistance, helping the Lyon College Marching Band gain many new fans at the contest. The College hopes to continue this tremendous service project for years to come.
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