The Collinsville High School Panther Pride Band has officially been reinstated this year after its closing in 2008.
Band director Robert Worthey said this is the first time since 2008 that the band program has “had life” at Collinsville High School.
“Collinsville High School had a band program that dates its beginning all the way back to the 60s before its closure in 2008,” he said.
Worthey attended Valley Head High School and studied Music Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“I had always wanted to be a teacher,” he said. “It wasn’t until I joined band in fifth grade that I decided that music was to play such a major role in my life.”
The pep band played at the Collinsville football games this season with around 20 members including the color guard members.
Worthey said the beginner band is still growing “very far beyond the size of pep band.”
He said the members will be attending competitions next year during marching season.
“This year’s concert season is about building their musical ability up to capacity to prepare for the next marching season,” Worthey said.
Some of the students have only begun playing their instruments only a few months ago and are continuing to practice for the upcoming marching season.
DeKalb County Superintendent Jason Barnett is excited for Collinsville’s renewed program.
“We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity for our students,” he said. “This is something we have been working towards for quite some time, and it is gratifying to see it come to fruition. I am proud for the students, community and school to be able to participate in growing this program from the ground up.”
For now, the band is working on preparing for concert season and will soon be focusing on marching for next season.
“I hope to see a band program that the school, its students and its community can be truly proud of,” Worthey said. “I want to see a band program where musicianship continually grows and students find enrichment and joy being part of it, even if they never touch an instrument again after high school.
“Glory days in band are always a fondly spoken memory for band alumni of any program, and I hope for that same level of joy and fondness encompass the lives of every band student who passes through as performers of the Collinsville High School Panther Pride Band.”