Chap Band Members to Support Monterey Football Squad
It's quite odd to hear that the Lubbock Christian University band will be playing at a football game. After all the university does not field a football team.
The LCU band will be on hand as Monterey High School competes in a playoff game on Saturday.
The Monterey High School Football team will get a boost Saturday for their regional playoff game. The Lubbock Christian University Chaparral Band will accompany the team to Wichita Falls for their matchup with Birdville.
The Monterey Band will be at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) region auditions on the same day as the playoff game. The auditions serve as the qualifying event for All-State band auditions.
Lubbock ISD Fine Arts Director Will Burks said in a press release, "We're so grateful to Andrew Babcock (LCU Band Director) and the Lubbock Christian University Band for stepping up to play at the Monterey playoff game so that our talented band students can be involved in auditions leading to the All-State process."
Babcock said, "Ultimately, the decision to do this was the kids, not mine. It was something they wanted to do and I am pleased and humbled by their willingness to help out during such a busy time in their semester. We just want to be there to support Monterey High School and help them in any way we can - that will be our mission on Saturday."
There will be a special meaning to the appearance for the LCU band as one of its members has a personal story regarding the MHS football squad. Jalayna Ward, a Chap band member, is the niece of former Plainsman assistant football coach Reese Fleming, who died after a sudden illness in early November."
The support by the LCU band has received a large dose of appreciation by members of the MHS administration.
"We are obviously excited that LCU has taken this on in a support role for our football playoff game," said Assistant MHS Principal David Johnson. "It is a bit of an unusual situation that their willingness to help out with is truly appreciated. Their presence will certainly add to the atmosphere and help our team and our fans a great deal."
The fact that there will be just 35 LCU band members taking over for a much larger Plainsman band will no doubt be obvious in appearance, but the fact they are there in support of not only the football squad, but in memory of one of their own band members' loved one is appreciated by head coach Todd Pearson.
"We can't say enough how much we appreciate LCU for this kind gesture," said coach Pearson, who will lead his squad into the game that kicks off at 2:00 pm on Saturday. "Our entire football team lost a true friend and team member with the passing of coach Fleming. I am truly honored that the LCU band will be at this game in support of our team, but even more importantly, in honor of coach Fleming."