GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Pitt High School football team hasn’t shared a field with the school’s marching band for over two decades, but now a new marching band takes over the field on Friday nights.
Students say the band wouldn’t be the same without Band Director Aaron Kingsberry
“Kingsberry really built it up from nothing. He is an amazing guy and he really tries hard,” explained student Brooke Davidson.
Kingsberry started his first position at North Pitt High School right out of college. He says there were 17 kids in the marching band when he started, and the last time the school’s band performed at a football game was over two decades ago.
But thanks to his hard work and dedication, it all changed last Friday night. “It went really well. They put together three to four minutes of music moving on the field, and it was really good because we’ve been working on it since July.”
Kingsberry isn’t only the director for North Pitt. He’s also an ECU drum line instructor, which students admire.
“He’s working with professionals and people that do it for college, and now he’s teaching us as well,” explains Davidson.
The marching band now consists of almost 50 students playing a variety of instruments from 9th through 12th grade. Kingsberry says it wasn’t easy, but it was worth every minute. “I’ve been dreaming about this and envisioning this since I first got the job in 2012 when I first walked into the band room, so it’s kind of surreal.”
The marching band is scheduled to play at the next home game on October 2 against North Side High School. On Saturday October 3, the band has its first competition, which hasn’t happened in years.
“We started from the bottom, now we here,” said Brooke Davidson.
Kingsberry’s goal is to expand the program at North Pitt while making more students interested in music.