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What is The Adair County Band? - I

It's more. Always more.
'Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: A little bit more.They did all that was expected of them, and a little bit more.' -HAYLEY KNIFLEY

Also: What is The Adair County Band? - II

By Billy Joe Fudge,
An ADAIR Band Granddad

First and foremost Adair was and is built upon the predicate that success is about striving for excellence rather than winning. I guess then we could say, based upon 20 state championships, that Adair has proven that winning is found and refined in the striving and the result is success.


Adair County Band is more than art, more than competition, more than the individual, more than a school program; it is about community, family, self-sacrifice, patience, practice, persistence, and achievement.

Adair County Band is not about receiving, it is about giving; not about leading and following but about going forward together; and not about ideology but about doing. It is about "Crossing the frozen Delaware", it is about "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country", and it is about "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall".

Marching band is very competitive by nature but band fans for the most part are ruled by the creed that the competitions are about the kids and not about them. Adair's fans exemplify that quality. At state our band surely had more fans than any other school and almost every single Adair fan stood and applauded "every" school and "every" student entering the field for the awards ceremony.

Much of Adair's two decade long history of success can be attributed to the continuity of staff. The genius and dedication of local talent and alumni like Rob Depp, Doug Neal and Mr. Allen (he's local, now) along with outside talent that has been blended into the Adair program such as Mr. Case, our present and most excellent band director and our very special assistant director, Jonathon Holmes.

When seeking the secret to the longevity of our success one can never forget the boosters which includes but is not limited to parents, grandparents, kinfolk, friends, alumni and citizens. At every practice, folks are there early and folks are there late supporting, watching, inspiring, repairing and available to staff and students alike in an attempt to meet every need.

Adair County Band is about filling up an entire seating section at L T Smith Stadium, about the past and future meeting in the present in an embrace shared by Mr. Allen and Mr. Case after the awards ceremony at state, about being the smallest band to ever march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and about the community that sent it there.

Yes, this most amazing community of Adair County in spite of our differences in ideology, income level, employment status, religion, creed, address, or interest; we all, and I do mean all, in some fashion come together to support this most amazing, Adair County Band.

I think Hayley Knifley's exhortation the day prior to State very aptly reflects the Adair attitude. "Tomorrow's the big day :) Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them, and a little bit more."

Thank you to the Adair County Band and to the people of Adair County for doing: "a little bit more". -BILLY JOE FUDGE


This story was posted on 2011-11-05 06:55:04
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