Gaston County high school gets marching band, will participate in parade

- Every high school in Gaston County consolidated schools now has a marching band. 

Until this year, the Rams at the Highland School of Technology were the only high school without one. Now, they're prepping for the district's big 50th Anniversary Parade tomorrow. 

They step in sync, all while hitting the high notes. 

“It’s a challenge to play and walk," one student in the marching band. 

A challenge these rams are taking on this school year. 

“We started band camp toward the end of August," student Hailey Davis said. 

“These students they didn't sign up for marching band, they didn't even know this was going to be a thing and we were able to pull them together at random 

“Coming to Highland, one of the things I was worried about was not having marching band,” the student said. 

“The transition-- we all did it together-- and we were all ready to do it,” Band Director Kaleb Ravis said. 

Ravis says these students are rising to the occasion and creating a loud legacy. 

“Regardless of their ages freshman, sophomore, they are all learning this skill,” Ravis said. “It gives these students an opportunity to be leaders in ways they've never been before.” 

“The band, we are a family,and it's something that I've always wanted to do” Davis said. 

Ravis knows his students are hitting the right notes, one step at a time. 

“I hope people enjoy us and our performances and we keep moving forward." 

The Rams will march in tomorrow's parade along with the bands from all of the high schools. All 55 schools will be represented. The parade starts at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Gastonia.

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