By LaDonte Lotts
Known for its high kicking and stepping, Jack Yates High School marching band is the pride of Houston’s Third Ward community.
The band’s leader Sam Long plans to make sure it stays that way.
Getting prepared for the Houston Texas UIL Marching Band Competition, the “Marching Motion” has been working hard and giving their all to take on the other competition and the judges.
“The support from the school and alumni has been overwhelming,” Long said. “No matter what year a student graduated they are behind us and is ready to support.”
“The old tradition and school spirit makes Jack Yates band different than any other school,” the Prairie View A&M University alumni said.
“Incorporating all styles of historical black college university marching bands The Marching Motion will always have the intonation and energy of Prairie View A&M Marching Storm,” Long said.
Long’s success would not be possible without the help and leadership of drum major Savannah Sargent.
“The leadership of Savana is outstanding, as a musician and a regular student. She has everything you may need in a drum major,” Long expressed.
According to Sargent, the band strives to be at its best at all times.
“We’re just like every other band, we come to practice and strive to be the best,” the senior said. “Like big families all know each other, we have moments when we play, but we know how to turn it on and off.”
Though Yates has not competed in UIL competitions in years, Sargent said she looks forward to the challenge of seeing what improvement needs to be made.
Facing the flaw of not having a feeder pattern has been a problem for Long. However, that does not stop the band from missing a beat or getting hyped for the crowd. Knowing that the community and alumni will support the, Long and “Marching Motion” will strive for the best.
“Jack Yates Marching Motion Band has the support from the whole third ward community. They come out and support every event and make sure we have everything we need,” said Long who has directed the band for two years.