Success often starts at the top, and that appears to be the case for the Greene Central Marching Rams in Snow Hill. In the three years Josh Griffin has led the band, it has doubled in size and earned the title "Grand National Champion" for winning the Outback Bowl Band Festival in the 2007-2008 season. What makes that victory even more amazing is that Greene Central was the smallest marching band there.
"For three years, I've given my life to this band. I eat, sleep and do band," says Griffin.
Griffin does more than teach notes on a page; he teaches his students about life.
"I want them to be better people because of the band. They can look back and say, 'I got this job because of a characteristic I learned in band. I'm gonna be somebody.'"
Griffin gets emotional when he talks about leaving and his final band concert at Greene Central Tuesday. "It's going to be hard, because I love them, and they know I do."
Griffin will be pursuing a masters degree in music education at Morehead State University in Kentucky, but he hopes what he got started at Greene Central marches on.
"I want it to continue to be a great program, even though I'm not here," Griffin says. "Because you know, the band still plays on. The music still goes on."
The concert at Greene Central High School Tuesday begins at 7 p.m. in the music building. Admission is free. The jazz band and concert band will perform more than ten selections.