Renew Current Band Staff Contracts
Mr. Jorim Reid has been the Director of Bands of the North Carolina Central University "Marching Sound Machine", Wind Ensemble, and Concert Bands for over a decade. Under his leadership, the band program was taken to national and international levels with multiple performances at the Honda Battle of the Bands, and at the Tournament of Roses parade. Both are great accomplishments, not just for HBCU bands, and PWI bands, but world-renowned ensembles as well. These performances, under the direction of Mr. Reid, created international exposure not only for the band but for the entire university. With the national exposure at both the MEAC and NCAA basketball tournaments, there has been an increase in both potential and current student interest to join the band.
As he built the legacy of the "Marching Sound Machine", Mr. Reid recruited, instructed, and mentored many incredible people, including Mr. Lamon Lawhorn and Ms. Karimah Bennett. Mr. Lawhorn spent endless hours composing and arranging all of the drum cadences created over the years by students and past instructors alike. The "Marching Sound Machine" drum line (affectionately known by the acronym, D.O.A.) is said to be one of the best drum lines in the country under his direction, comparable to professional drum corps and ensembles. Mr. Lawhorn also takes time out of his busy schedule to instruct and rehearse the band and assist students with studying for subjects other than band, all while working on his pending Doctorate of Music.
Ms. Bennett has been an incredible Equipment Manager and Administrative Assistant for the program. Thanks to her dedication and tireless efforts, all of the equipment that we use stays in excellent condition and we receive what we need. Ms. Bennett is also the Auxiliary Coordinator for "eClipse Auxiliary Corps". She assists the Director of Bands by maintaining a positive image and performance standards. She is also working on her Master's degree while doing as much as she can for the students.
Members of the "Marching Sound Machine" were informed that the entire band staff would not be returning next school year due to their contracts not being renewed, and that they would be terminated prior to the start of the next school year. There is currently no interim band staff to learn how to operate the band. There was no warning to students. Without the current staff we fear that our band will decline, and that all of the great achievements and accomplishments that have been built in the past decade will be destroyed. Current band members are very unhappy with this decision, especially considering that we did not have any warning, and were unable to express our opinions on the matter.
Signing this petition can help ensure that our band program can continue to grow under the guidance of our current staff: Mr. Jorim Reid, Mr. Lamon Lawhorn and Ms. Karimah Bennett. We want to keep our staff and will appreciate your signatures to show your support