Band Director Makes Sure Student With Wheelchair Has Place In Show
Beverly Cantrell - October 18, 2021 7:11 am
OKLAHOMA CITY –
At Southmoore High School, the marching band makes a big play for center stage during football halftime shows.
It’s an elaborate show, with a big heart.
Band Director Adam Mewhorter creates a big show and everyone gets to play. That includes Casey Hubbard, who uses his own set of wheels to get around.
“When he got to the high school band, I really wanted to make sure that he was all the way a part of the experience. We really believe that music is for everybody, and it’s real important to be able to do that,” said Mewhorter.
17-year-old Casey Hubbard has played trumpet for several years.
“It’s crazy. Like, I don’t even know how to explain how much fun I have out there, and how much craziness and fun it is to have your own band director just get on out there and make a child like me happy,” Hubbard said.
It takes a lot of coordination to ensure many parts play as one, and the director makes a way for Hubbard to be a part of it all.
“I’ll take a look at the overall band choreography, where they are going on the field, and then I’ll start charting out, where are some places that he can be on the field, and I really want to do as much as I can,” Mewhorter said.
He says giving Hubbard the best possible experience is just what anyone should do. The whole program is on board.
“I am so happy and so blessed to have somebody that cares for me, that would do that for me to make sure that my high school band experience and just high school experience, in general, is just the best,” said Hubbard.
Hubbard said the show you just saw seems like a big deal, but the band cranks it up even more during band competitions later this fall.