Hundreds of alumni and supporters cascaded on the back parking lot of Third Ward’s historic Jack Yates High School for the 1st Annual Jack Yates Marching Motion Band Crimson and Gold Block Party.
Organized by Jack Yates alumni, Gerry Monroe and Zandra Wilson, the first-of-its-kind event helped raise funds to benefit the Jack Yates Marching Motion Band Booster Club and help bridge the gap between the community and the school; educate the community; increase enrollment; and encourage more parental involvement.
Because school funding for the band program has been cut and isn’t enough to cover all their expenses, the event was done to raise the necessary funds to go towards transportation, new uniforms, band scholarships and other needs such as instrument repairs, the purchasing of instruments, brass and woodwind horn mouthpieces, reeds, drum mallets, sticks and recruitment activities.
Many attendees were on hand including the new principal for Yates, Donetrus G. Hill, and many alumni and current Yates High School parents. Attendees had the great fortune of witnessing a live performance by the Jack Yates Marching Motion Band, under the direction of Sam Long. Over 25 vendors were on site and local entertainer Dana Jackson gave a stirring live acoustic performance with her guitar.
The Houston Forward Times was on hand to cover the event and provide a donation towards the cause; which providing donations is being encouraged well beyond the success of this 1st annual event. Event organizers plan to hold several other fundraisers and gatherings to increase awareness and are encouraging all alumni, especially former band members and auxiliary, to continue to support the band and the school with their moral and financial support.
The Houston Forward Times will keep the community updated and informed about future initiatives surrounding the Jack Yates Marching Motion Band.