Central High School reviving marching band after 10-year absence

Posted at 11:13 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 17:59:13-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Central High School, also known as the Central Academy of Excellence, is reviving its marching band program after a 10-year absence. 

When Central High School’s principal Anthony Madry realized his school didn’t have a marching band, he grabbed the baton and took action. 

A one-time band director himself, Madry worked to hire an instructor that could help revive his school's program. 

“Osmond Fisher is the best in the area,” he said.

Fisher is the first band director for Central High School in about 10 years. 

After several cuts over the years, the band faded out and the school offered no more than beginner music classes. Fisher is working to change that. 

“This is a historical moment,” he said.  

Students like Raylynn Bigley said in just three short weeks, they’ve learned a lot about life outside the band room too. 

“It’s taught me that you shouldn’t be afraid to say what you want to say,” she said  

Madry said this band will be a source of pride for the students, administrators and surrounding community.  

“When they see that and they see themselves, they get excited. And when they start seeing success, lemme tell you, that success spills over into every area of their life,” he said.