Lions All-State Marching Bands Roar
Update: On June 30, 2010, the Mississippi Lions All-State Band received the Category II – All-State Bands First Prize Award for its performance during the Parade of Nations at our convention.
The Lions All-State Bands are tuning up for the 2010 Lions International Convention in Sydney. Each year hundreds of high school students participate. For one young musician from the Mississippi Lions All-State Band, last year’s convention was a special opportunity.
David Bouchard, from the band’s trumpet section, is the first blind musician in the band’s 60 year history. “I have been blind since birth. I was very, very pleased that I’d made the Lions band,” said Bouchard.
Nine hundred students from across the state auditioned. “You play a two minute excerpt of your solo. Then you do scales and you do a sight reading piece,” explained Bouchard. For the sight reading portion, officials gave David a recorded track which he listened to nine times before playing it back from memory.” “It was a phenomenal thing to watch,” shared Jeff Cannon, member of the Terry Lions Club.
David’s musical talent stems back to his grandfather. “My grandfather Byron Bouchard was a harmonica and bass player. He played in a group called the Harmonica Lads in the ‘40s. My father played trombone in the high school band,” said Bouchard. “I want to see more blind musicians try out for Lions band. We’re such an awesome group. And I’m just very honored to be a part of it.”