Chilly’s ICE Cool Band had it’s first performance at the B.C.H.S. Homecoming parade recently. The Band is under the direction of Councilman Stan “Chilly” Cooks. The Community After School music program, the brainchild of Councilman Cooks and Atty. Nathan Dickson, is about 2 1/2 months old. Students are learning to play at least 2 instruments, Stage band and Marching band.
The students are already learning music theory and musical notations, as well as understanding the concept behind I.C.E.: Intensity, Communication, and Execution.
The program was begun through a grant from the Black Belt Community Foundation, and The Bullock County Social Justice Foundation, with help from The City Of Union Springs.
The band meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the Nutritional Center on Baskin Street in Union Springs. So far, the band has formed a booster’s club, and held it’s first fundraiser at the Black Belt Community Festival in downtown Union Springs. Councilman Cooks wants the public to know the Ice Cool Band holds a study period from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. before each practice, with in-house instructors, Mrs. Darlene McGaw, and Mrs. Anita Fitzpatrick helping with homework. Mrs. Betty Beckley volunteers her talents for piano lessons also.
Thanks to the S parents, supporters, and a special thanks to Mr. Wayne Benton for teaching the students to play Guitar.