After students and parents shared a meal in the school cafeteria the band’s executive council president, Samantha Lambert, opened the awards and recognitions portion of the evening. She thanked band director Andrew Mroch, assistant director Brian Wilgus and the rest of the staff for helping them “play music and not just the instrument.” She then turned the program over to the rest of the executive council and class officers for several gag gifts.
Vice President and drum major Bailey Bryant recognized Robert Ingram for being the funniest person in the band. She said she laughed hardest when Ingram danced in front of everyone at a competition in Ohio County and presented him with several small gifts, including a hula skirt.
Melissa Starks, head of publicity, presented Mroch with a small poster she made that illustrated some of her most prized band memories. Included on the poster board were such “Mrochisms” as, “I swear, black coffee tastes like pretzels,” “Where’s my hug?” “One more time!” “I should not have said that,” and “Are you on drugs?” Included were also photos of a couple of Mroch’s favorite actors, Ashley Judd and Sean Connery.
Secretary and treasurer Morgan Beeker, who played in the percussion pit during the fall marching season, paid homage to her “little pit baby,” freshman representative Amanda Baker. Her gag gifts included a can of “pit poof hair spray.”
While Baker was on the stage, she went ahead and presented Beeker with her gift. Because Beeker took care of so many “pit babies,” she had been compared to the Old Lady Who Lived in the Shoe, Baker said. She gave Beeker a portrait of the old lady with Beeker’s face superimposed onto her body.
Senior representative LaToya Gude said she was giving the uniform librarians cleaning supplies for the uniform closet. She noted that had been a bit messy that week.
“And they can start cleaning tomorrow,” Mroch said.
Cox presented Brucie Lambert with a gift of shoes that he rigged to be two inches taller so that Lambert could be spotted on the field, he said.
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