Marching band ready for first-ever performance
PRIDE - For about a month, marching band students at Northeast High School have been practicing for their big halftime show Friday night.
It's the first time the school will have a band play at a football game.
"Let's give them the show that they came to see," band director Cedric Todd told his students at one of their final practices Thursday afternoon.
What Todd, 27, is doing at Northeast High is no small feat. In a month, he's built a 52-member band from symbols to tubas and trumpets. Some students had never played an instrument before and had to be persuaded to join.
The band has spent hours practicing after school to learn songs and steps. Todd coached the band along the way by helping some of them read music and teaching others how to play entirely.
"It's just amazing how fast they're moving, how fast they're catching on," said Todd. "At all times we stay on fundamentals and always try to pay attention to small details because that's what's going to get them going in the long run."
Todd learned his fundamentals marching in Southern University's Human Jukebox while playing trombone. He also has four years of band director experience from East Feliciana. He says he's educating his students through music.
"Mainly just caring for the kids and giving the kids the opportunity to be educated through music and just give them that out to say, 'hey I have something to be successful at,'" he said.
Northeast High plays East Iberville at 7 p.m. Friday. The band will take the field at half-time.