Former Millwood band director, alumni say restoring band will take work

Recent efforts to help restore the luster of the Millwood High School marching band have focused on coming homecoming activities. However, the school's beloved former band director, Edgar Scott, and others said they plan to spend the next several years getting the program back on its feet.
by Carla Hinton Modified: October 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: October 8, 2013

Recent efforts to help restore the luster of the Millwood High School marching band have focused on coming homecoming activities.

However, the school's beloved former band director Edgar Scott, 72, and others said it will likely take the next several years to see the program back on its feet.

Scott, whom band alumni described as part teacher, part preacher, said he would like to see the school teach students in fifth and sixth grades how to play instruments so they can be taught to march with the band in the seventh and eighth grades and on into high school.

“People take music and musicians for granted. They think that music happens overnight, but it does not,” he said.

He told the group he would help repair instruments and lend his support in other ways, as well.

Terry Walker of Oklahoma City, mom to four Millwood graduates, said she is now helping to set up a band booster program like the one she headed for many years in the 1970s through the mid-2000s. The booster group was known as “The Firm” for its flourishing bank account (through numerous fundraisers and parental involvement) and its no-nonsense approach to excellence and getting things done, she said, grinning. She said the band now needs instruments, funds and help from the community.

One of her daughters, 1996 graduate Courtney Walker Stampley, 35, said the alumni have been focused on helping the band have a successful homecoming performance experience because “it's only right that we help these current students have that too.”

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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