Commitment to community is a fundamental part of what drives Mike Warren, the bank director at Baker County High School.
In the year since the young teacher took over the position, the number of participants in the school’s marching band has increased from 20 to the current 50 members.
Even record breaking heat didn’t stop the dedicated group of music students, along with majorette and color guard auxiliary units, from giving it everything they had during the recent week-long band camp August 1-5.
The group is gearing up for a colorful half-time show inspired by the musical Grease.
During camp, as students worked on one of the show’s compositions, Mr. Warren talked about his experience in Baker County so far and what the future holds.
“Segments of the Grease-inspired show will start appearing at football games as soon as the 2011-12 school year begins. The show, in its entirety, should be perfected by October,” he said.
It’s all part of a bigger plan to dazzle the judges in the up-coming Florida Bandmasters Association competition.
“The football games will be our dress rehearsals,” he said.
The turn-around in the marching band program is certainly worthy of note. After all, Mr. Warren is only 24 and Baker County is his first teaching position.
So what exactly has he been doing to increase interest and cement that kind of commitment from students?