Lone Star College North Harris News
Published on: December 17, 2010 Two Saturdays a month, Ashley Olsen is at the Lone Star College-North Harris campus. However, it is not the usual biology or computer classes that she attends. Instead of hitting the books and listening to lectures, she hits the field and gets instruction on developing and maintaining her skills on flag-spinning and dance in a drum and bugle corps class.
Since graduating from Magnolia High School in 2002, where she participated in the color guard and marching band programs, she had longed for a chance to continue in those activities, both as a hobby, and to stay in shape. After some experience in college, she ran out of performance options at the age of 21.
Every year, there are hundreds of high school and college graduates with band and guard experience, like me, who want to continue performing on a recreational level, says Ashley. I finally found a way at Lone Star College-North Harris.
In a program that started this fall and is unique to Texas, Lone Star College-North Harris, in partnership with the Gulf Coast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, is offering a drum corps class in conjunction with the colleges continuing education program. Gulf Coast Sound is the only drum corps in Southeast Texas that accepts members of all ages, thus, the partnership was a perfect fit.
The class is taught by Dr. Brack May, director of bands at LSC-North Harris, and the brass caption head for Gulf Coast Sound.
The addition of the drum corps class enhances the breadth of musical performance opportunities that are offered to the community by LSC-North Harris, Dr. May said. This is yet another opportunity which complements our jazz band, choir, and symphonic wind orchestra which also accept students of all ages.
Instruction and local performance opportunities in brass, percussion, and color guard ensembles are provided. Optional membership in Gulf Coast …