Inspirational Marching Band – Ohio State School for the Blind

| September 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

When we come across inspirational news stories on the web that involve the marching arts we like to share them.

This one caught my attention because two years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing trombonist Samuel Shepherd of the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Panthers for a feature article, Overcoming Obstacles for Halftime Magazine.  I was able to speak with his dedicated band directors Carol Agler and Dan Kelley and learn about this amazing group that is breaking barriers every day.

This week the group was featured on ESPN.com in a fantastic article by Rick Reilly, “Mom, I can do this!” [published September 15, 2011 http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/6969144/rick-reilly-blind-marching-band].

The article also features a 3 minute video showing the band in action.  It’s truly inspirational (yes… I know I said that before…) but really… it’s worth taking a minute, or 3, to watch it.

Video posted on YouTube by ESPN.

To mark the words of director Dan Kelley, “we tend to look at obstacles as opportunity for learning.”  I hope we all may remember these words when we are presented with challenges in our experience as coaches.

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Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.

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  1. Paula Shepherd says:

    Catina, thanks again for interviewing Sam! He is getting ready to graduate from The Ohio State School for the Blind and he treasures all the memories he has made with the Marching Band. It was a great experience and I thank his directors for providing such awesome and life-changing opportunities for him and his bandmates. Paula Shepherd (Sam’s mom)

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