I can honestly say — without any doubt — that I would not have all the things I have in my life if I had not continued on playing music once I got to (college).South Effingham band director Sean McBride
GUYTON — The South Effingham band program ended the 2021-22 school year on a cheerful note.
Eight of its musicians made their college choices official Thursday during a signing ceremony in the school cafeteria.
“We are super proud of everything that they have accomplished and are so happy that they are continuing their musical journey at the collegiate level,” band director Sean McBride said before introducing the students.
The group includes:
— Donald Crafton, who is bound for Columbus State University Schwob School of Music
— Ryan Kronenberger, who is set to attend Georgia Southern University. He will be member of the Southern Pride Marching Band
— Luke Plant, who is slated to become a member of the Georgia State University Panther Band
— Alex McBride, who is set to attend the Kennesaw State University School of Music and join the Kennesaw State University Marching Owls
— Kyler Smith, who is joining the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Band
— Rubianne Fraelle, who will attend the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and become a member of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band
— Myles Cutter, also set to become a member of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band
— Reagan Mosley, who is bound for the Valdosta State University Department of Music and the Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band
After putting their pen to paper, each signee received enthusiastic applause from the South Effingham band’s underclassmen. Their director close the ceremony with a special message to them, especially the freshmen.
“I want you guys to know that you are only a few years from these guys and it is completely possible to continue playing once you go past high school,” he said. “I can honestly say — without any doubt — that I would not have all the things I have in my life if I had not continued on playing music once I got to (college).”
Sean McBride went on to explain that college attendance has other important benefits.
“I met this lovely lady while I was in school,” he said while pointing to his wife Melissa. “My best friends in the whole world — I met them when I want off to UGA. I implore all of you to give it a shot.
“It is great playing in college. There is nothing that can beat it and I am super proud of all of our folks that are going to do that this upcoming year. We look forward to seeing (them) on the field or in the concert hall.”