Ad Spot
Maggie Bates holds her scholarship letter to Itawamba Community College.

Red Bay senior Maggie Bates plans marching band future

By Brandi Miller / For the FCT

Red Bay High School senior Maggie Bates has a lot of time and energy invested into her musical talent. The senior has been a member of the RBHS Marching Band for seven years. That is seven years of practices, ball games, recitals, half-time performances and too many hours of work to count. While Bates will be leaving the Tiger Band on graduation, she has been awarded a scholarship to march with the Itawamba Community College Indians this fall.

Bates, who plays trumpet, said playing at the next level is something she is looking forward to starting this fall.

“I am most looking forward to playing with a larger group of people and being able to play more advanced music,” said Bates.

RBHS Band instructor Jonathan Hill said Bates’ absence will be felt this fall when the marching band takes the field.

“Maggie has been a tremendous asset for the RBHS Band and will be greatly missed,” Hill said. “We wish her well on all her future endeavors.”

Because Bates has been a member of the RBHS Band for so long, she has practical knowledge and experience to offer underclassmen who are just getting started in marching band.

“Practice would be the first advice I would give to anyone,” said Bates.  “You may not feel like it, but trust me, it will really help.  Learning which notes go to which fingerings helps as well.”

Practice for Bates will begin sometime during the summer. This will be the first time she will hit the practice field with bandmates other than the ones she has come to know and love at RBHS.

“I am definitely going to miss the people at RBHS Band the most,” said Bates. “At practices when things weren’t going too well, it would always be the positive attitudes of my bandmates that go me through.”

Bates is the daughter of Steve and Charlotte Bates and plans to major in art while in college.

“I would like to thank my parents,” said Bates. “If it wasn’t for them helping me buy my trumpet, I wouldn’t even be able to be in band.” Bates also thanked her first band teacher Erin Gilbert, as well as RBHS director Hill.

News

BTCPA stages ‘Bad Year for Tomatoes’

Franklin County

County takes needed steps to continue broadband expansion

News

Russellville High School holds Community Partnership Breakfast to connect with community

News

Sign up now for youth rec sports through March 1

News

Russellville club names Bob Seeley Civitan of Year

Franklin County

New year brings official end to concealed carry permit requirement

Franklin County

Schools recognize Franklin County Board of Education

Columnists

Book Lovers Study Club submits 2022 reports

News

RHS alum receives Keller Key at UNA

Franklin County

Cattlemen convene for annual banquet

Belgreen Bulldogs

Belgreen hires football coach for fledgling program

News

City approves temporary fire department promotions

Franklin County

Commission decides to request bids for elevator maintenance

News

Whimsical window art brightens RPL

Belgreen Bulldogs

Belgreen gets football coach

Franklin County

Martin Luther King commemorative march takes place in downtown Russellville

Franklin County

New district attorney swears in

Franklin County

Cattlemen’s Association prepares for annual meeting

News

Russellville Public Library director speaks at Book Lovers meeting

Franklin County

Vina native returns to hometown church to share her story

Franklin County

Couple continues annual Christmas jail ministry

News

City officials reflect on old year, look toward new

Franklin County

MLK march returns to Russellville this year, set for Jan. 16

News

Council approves additional funding for Cramer Children’s Center

x