The Thomasville High School Band drum major is fully confident the band will perform in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C., in April.
“I’m not really concerned about us not going,” Stanford Hancock said.
The former THS Band Boosters treasurer, James Deryl Ouzts, is charged with taking more than $40,000 from the organization — money that would have paid for the band’s spring trip to the nation’s capitol, among other expenses.
“It was kind of sad at first,” said Hancock, a Scholars Academy senior.
He is grasping it now. Hancock and fellow band members are working hard, believing things will get better.
“Everyone’s going to work hard, and I know it’s going to be OK,” he said.
Michelle Whetsell, assistant drum major and a Scholars Academy junior, said the goal of recouping enough money to pay for the trip will be reached.
“I was kind of in shock. ... It’s kind of a reality now,” Whetsell said, describing her initial reaction to the theft.
Joe Regina, band director, said the funds loss has resulted in band members coming together.
“I think it’s brought a lot of us together, united us in a common goal,” Regina said.
See Sunday's edition for more details.