Students in the Proviso East High School Marching Band are known across the country for their extraordinary talent, skills, and performances. This year one major university has tapped into that talent by offering nine seniors over $600K in scholarships.
Each year the band director, Mr. Wright, takes students to perform and audition during South Carolina State’s homecoming. This year university officials worked with Mr. Wright to make sure that some of those students continue in music and education.
“This is the kind of thing that happens every year,” said Wright. “We have had so many students from the band go on to receive full scholarships. We are talking about thousands and thousands of dollars. I feel blessed by that.”
Proviso East senior Angela Martin will join South Carolina State as a dancer. Jessica Doyle will go on to play the French horn. Tim Jackson and Charday Martin will play the saxophone. Monte Johnson will continue on the trumpet. Antonio Marks will play the tuba. DaVonche Taylor will play the baritone, and Telvin Taylor will continue on the trombone. Proviso East’s drum major Remon Sanders will also join South Carolina State’s drum line.
“This is a blessing,” said Ramon. “It’s because of Mr. Wright. He put so much into us. He stressed education, and he helped us use our musical abilities to get into college. He always focused on education. He made us all put education first, and I am so happy. I’ve wanted to attend South Carolina State for the past two years.”
Other Proviso East band members echoed those sentiments.
“It means a lot to me,” said Angela. “Dancers don’t usually get scholarships. I am looking forward to going off to college. I’m looking forward to the band, making good grades, and making the Dean’s List.”
For Monte Johnson, this achievement is extra special.
“I am one of the first people in my family to go to college,” he said. “This is really good. It’s a chance for me to get an education. My family is so proud. I’m looking forward to the experience. It’ll be hard work, but it’s worth it.”
South Carolina State University’s Marching Band boasts over 400 college students. 27 of those students are from Proviso East High School. Now, the university adds nine more Proviso talents to its musical prowess.
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