Where are we now?

RachelI am from the class of '87. I marched all 4 yrs with the Plymouth Canton Marching Band. And in 9th grade, I was a student at Pioneer Middle school. I, in the company of several friends, walked to band practice, after school from Pioneer to PCEP.

Rachel (Ramey) Davis

What does/did band mean to me? It meant that I always had 158 friend and twice that many parents looking out for me, keeping me company and opening their doors to me when I was being difficult at home. I had a built in community. ( It takes a community to raise a child! ) Band kept me out of trouble, introduced me to sooooo many different experiences and gave me a great perspective on life that I didn't learn to appreciate until later in life.

I am nothing close to a musician today, but I am a teacher. A teacher who can throw her students a loop because she is VERY much STILL in touch with what it means to be a teenager. I work with our marching band, with the low brass and with the whole band and their "marching".

I have excellent, very vivid memories from my time with the band, which bled into my every day life in high school. I remember what it felt like, lined up, waiting for the drum cadence to begin, so that we could rush the stage for our final performance of the year at Variety Is. I remember the very first band competition, I believe it was at Tawas, and we took 2nd place... and how incredibly happy and excited we were. I remember marching a football game and Julie marched and twirled her "rifle" while holding her skirt up, as it tried to fall down, I remember being at a Durand Competition, while it was raining/sleeting, and the opening number required the "rifles" to, on the first note, drop to the splits, and roll around on the ground... and they did it... in the mud and I swear we won that night because of their chutzpah! And finally, one of my favorites (dunno why) is at football games when Griff would put us on the spot for the National Anthem. He'd call out a random mix of students to play the anthem before the crowd... all by ourselves.

I am now a teacher because of my influences, one of the greatest being James R. Griffith. He taught me that calling a kid out, to test them, isn't a matter of trying to embarrass them, rather to build their character. Thank you very much, Mr. Griffith!