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Putnam City band parents get marching orders in Oklahoma City metro-area

by Terry Groover Modified: August 20, 2014 at 10:53 am •  Published: August 21, 2014

Members of the Putnam City High School marching band have been hitting the football field this month, learning this season’s show. On Friday, their parents got their own marching orders.

Jeff Downey, who is beginning his second year at the helm of the Pirate band, decided this year’s preview night would be a perfect opportunity to let parents not only see what their children were learning, but give them a chance to be on the field.

“I have never done this anywhere, ever,” he said.

Downey said he got the idea from a former student who now is a band instructor.

“He raved about it. He’s been doing it for at least the last six years. He always calls and says it was a great success and that I should try it,” Downey said.

So this year, he did.

After watching from the stands as their children demonstrated maneuvers on the field, from warming up to the first part of the new show, Downey invited the parents to the field to march with their children.

“We wanted to get parent involvement. The point was to give the parents some insight so they would have more compassion and understanding for what their child goes through to get to the final product,” Downey said.

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by Terry Groover
Copy Editor
Terry Groover has been a copy editor and page designer for The Oklahoman since 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Groover served as a reporter, designer and editor for Donrey & Stephens Media Group for 18 years in two states -- Oklahoma and...
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