POPLARVILLE, MS. (WDAM) - This year the 150 member Spirit of the River marching band at Pearl River Community College is led by freshmen Allen Grace and Michael Boyte. Grace is from Hattiesburg while Boyte hails from Sumrall.
Boyte said, "It's something I really enjoy doing, leading the band and being in front, trying to help them be the best that they can be and just help them all stay focused."
Boyte said he and Grace became friends through high school band clinics and followed one another to college. PRCC's Assistant Band Director Michael Bass said having two former competitive Mississippi Lions Band members as drum majors is a first for the college.
"Oh they have been wonderful they've done a very good job. They take on that leadership role every day. We have rehearsals, they are out there conducting and leading and doing things they need to do," said Bass.
For both students music education is a field they want to pursue professionally.
According to Allen Grace, "This is something I always wanted to do since I was in maybe fifth grade and finally I was able to do it in sixth grade. And this is something I want to major in and become a band director sometime soon in the near future."
Following their years at PRCC, Boyte and Grace plan to continue their studies at Southern Miss.