Hear the Band! 2021 MHS Tiger Band Spotlight

A great football game is played by the team, but a great football game experience to remember is created by the bands, spirit groups, and fans that make the stadium loud and proud on a Friday night. The Many High School Band puts in the work daily to make every game, home and away, a truly amazing experience for the fans while hyping up the team to help them achieve their win. 

This season was one for the books for Many High School as they plowed through win after win to get to the dome. Each game was accompanied by the heart and soul of the Many High School Tigers, the boys and girls of the Many Tiger Band. 

The Sabine Parish Journal is honored to have the chance to shine a spotlight on another aspect of the Friday Night Lights we all know and love. We had the chance to interview each and every member of the band to show the soul behind the season. 

Every interview has been sponsored by the parents, families, friends, and fans of the Many Tiger Band along with the generous local businesses in Sabine Parish! 

We are proud to introduce you to the 2021 Tiger Band (Round 2!)

Allison Simmons – Trumpet

“I love the thrill I get playing at games and the friendships”

-A. Simmons

Allison is a sophomore on the Tiger Band with a love for all things music. As a trumpet player dedicated to her craft, she recognizes the importance of the hard work that goes into each performance. Allison believes that her time in band has taught her how to create a balance in the perfect musical performance.   

1. What do you love about band? 

“I love the thrill I get playing at games and the friendships”

2. What does being in the band mean to you?

“Being in the band means means hard work to get the thrill of a great performance”

3. Do you think your time in the band has helped you develop teamwork skills? How?

“Yes because you have to work together to have the balance to have a great performance”

4. What is your favorite band memory?

“My first time performing halftime at a game my freshman year”

5. What do you love about the other members of the band as a whole? What do you love about the band director?

“I love the determination of the other members and Mr. Debose to make band a great experience”

6. What is the biggest thing being in band has taught you?

“Hard work and determination will always pay off”

7. What is your advice to any younger kids who are scared to try being in the band?

“Be prepared for the hardwork”

8. What is your favorite quote about music or inspirational quote?

“When words fail, music speaks”

 

Nolan Johnson – Saxophone

“You never know until you try”

-N. Johnson

Nolan is a sophomore member of the Many Tiger Band with a passion for music and a love for trying new things. He is grateful for the opportunity to learn to the instrument he loves and believes that the band has taught him invaluable skills in leadership as well as the ability to read music. For those younger than him with a fear of trying, Nolan wants to encourage them to just give it a shot! He says, “You never know until you try!”

1. What do you love about band? 

“Being able to learn how to read music”

2. What does being in the band mean to you?

“It means I can learn music if I wanted to”

3. Do you think your time in the band has helped you develop teamwork skills? How?

“Yes, working together in sections has helped me develop leadership skills”

4. What is your favorite band memory?

“My favorite band memory is going to Dallas with the band”

5. What do you love about the other members of the band as a whole? What do you love about the band director?

“The other band members are determined and hard working. I love that Mr. Debose made the fiddler show good”

6. What is the biggest thing being in band has taught you?

“How to read music”

7. What is your advice to any younger kids who are scared to try being in the band?

“You never know until you try”

8. What is your favorite quote about music or inspirational quote?

“Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?”

 

Maddox Lapp – Trumpet

“Being in band means I’ll always have a solid foundation”

-M. Lapp

Maddox has dedicated five years to the Tiger Band and is currently a sophomore trumpeter. He sees the band as a foundation to the skills he will need later in life. He loves when the pieces of a performance come together from the hard work of all the members of the band. Maddox has loved his time in the band getting to play the instrument he loves! 

1. What do you love about band? 

“I like getting to play an instrument I enjoy”

2. What does being in the band mean to you?

“It means I’ll always have a solid foundation”

3. Do you think your time in the band has helped you develop teamwork skills? How?

“Yes. In order for a performance to work, all members have to do their part and work together”

4. What is your favorite band memory?

“When we played at the state championship at NSU”

5. What do you love about the other members of the band as a whole? What do you love about the band director?

“I like how hard working everyone is and the shows Mr. Debose writes for us”

6. What is the biggest thing being in band has taught you?

“How to march and play trumpet”

7. What is your advice to any younger kids who are scared to try being in the band?

“Just do it, see if you like it”

8. What is your favorite quote about music or inspirational quote?

“We all make choices, but in the end…our choices make us”

 

Michelle Remedies – Drum Captain

“I love that everyone in band gets the opportunity to learn an instrument and that we get another family”

-M. Remedies

Michelle is a senior four year veteran of the Many Tiger Band. She has worked hard and earned her way to Drum Captain. Michelle has fond memories with the band from games and tournaments, and she sees her fellow band members as a second family. She looks to her band director for inspiration when needed and appreciates that he encourages all questions no matter how menial they may see to the person asking. Michelle has loved being part of something bigger than herself and sees the band as having taught her invaluable skills, especially as a section leader.  

1. What do you love about band? 

“I love that everyone in band gets the opportunity to learn an instrument and that we get another family”

2. What does being in the band mean to you?

“It means getting to play something that means everything to me”

3. Do you think your time in the band has helped you develop teamwork skills? How?

“Yes, I have learned incredible leadership skills by being a section leader”

4. What is your favorite band memory?

“My favorite memory is when I became drum captain and heard my name announced for the first time”

5. What do you love about the other members of the band as a whole? What do you love about the band director?

“I love that even when we argue or disagree, we’re still a family”

6. What is the biggest thing being in band has taught you?

“Being in band taught me that even if you have no experience with music, that can change immediately”

7. What is your advice to any younger kids who are scared to try being in the band?

“Do not be scared! It is one of the best things you can do for yourself.”

8. What is your favorite quote about music or inspirational quote?

“There is no such thing as a dumb question!” -J. DeBose”

 

Carly Ebarb – Color Guard

“Focus on where you want to go, not your fear”

-C. Ebarb

Carly is currently in her first year as part of the Many Tiger Band. She is a seventh grader and is looking forward to all the years of band to come. She believes that being part of the band gives her the opportunity to practice persistence and patience to achieve the goals she has set for herself. Carly loves that being part of the color guard has taught her to communicate better as it is such an integral part of each performance. She has created lasting friendships in the band and wouldn’t trade it for anything!  

1. What do you love about band? 

“Friday night football games and/or any performance”

2. What does being in the band mean to you?

“Being in band means that I have an opportunity to practice persistence and patience”

3. Do you think your time in the band has helped you develop teamwork skills? How?

“Yes, it has helped me develop teamwork skills, especially being in color guard. We use communication and offer each other support”

4. What is your favorite band memory?

“When Kadyn wore a skirt during an after school practice.”

5. What do you love about the other members of the band as a whole? What do you love about the band director?

“I love how everyone is like a family and how Mr. Debose has consistent communication and sets aside enough time in after school practices to work on tone quality”

6. What is the biggest thing being in band has taught you?

“Practice makes perfect”

7. What is your advice to any younger kids who are scared to try being in the band?

“Focus on where you want to go, not your fear”

8. What is your favorite quote about music or inspirational quote?

“Music is life itself – Louis Armstrong”


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