Area Band Director takes Part in Tournament of Roses Parade

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The students of Chase Myers at Morgan Local Schools got pretty excited when they saw their band director on television this weekend.

Myers is band director for Morgan and a graduate of Maysville. He was a member of the “Saluting America’s Band Directors: The Band Director’s Marching Band” that performed at the Rose Parade on January 1.

The theme of this year’s parade was dream, believe and achieve. He hopes sharing his experience will inspire his students.

“Just to be able to go from these small towns and go do something huge like that. That’s the biggest event I’ve ever been to, let alone be a part of,” explained Myers. “My hope is that they can see that and that gives them a tinge of hope of what they can do and what they can achieve.

Myers says the whole experience was a whirlwind of rehearsals, performances and the parade. He said one of the best parts was sitting down with band directors from all over the country and sharing their experiences and the importance of music education.

“They learn those life skills, perseverance, dedication, team work all that kind of stuff, but they also learn passion, imagination, tolerance and a new way of thinking and it truly just takes a student from being a robot and it turns them in to a human, a person and puts them in a real life experience that helps them forever,” said Myers.

The float “We Teach Music. We Teach Life” was the winner of the showmanship award for the most outstanding display of showmanship and entertainment in this year’s parade. The Tournament of Roses has already asked the group back next year and Myers said he’s saving up to take part.

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Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.