Obama Band set to put their best foot forward

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Obama Band set to put their best foot forward

Obama Eagle Staff Reporter Martinea Goss

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Pittsburgh Obama is known for several things – from academics to athletics, and having one of the greatest school bands nationwide is yet another one. There are a few contributing factors to the success of the Pittsburgh Obama Marching Band, including the band members, the parents, the community and last but not least, Mrs. Sharif-Lucas, the band director.

While speaking with Mrs. Sharif-Lucas she gave me an inside scoop on what to expect during this school year, and the football season. “This year’s theme is Beyonce, we will do nine songs, starting with her first album to the very last. This year expect fun, upbeat half-time shows and a jam-packed schedule full of parades, festivals, and special events.” When asked why Beyonce was chosen to be this year’s theme, she said “The students have been asking me for years. She’s a solo artist, she has been dominating the music industry, and she has established a wide array of music.” It should be noted that every day students go to Mrs. Sharif-Lucas and wonder if they can still join the band.The answer is YES! She has wanted students to join and bring more great, positive contributions to the band.

To those who do not know, Mrs. Sharif-Lucas was gone for a little while on maternity leave, and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. “While away a little part of me really missed everyone. I enjoy being at home with my son and I look forward to seeing his face at the end of every day, but to know that I have a purpose in these children’s lives makes everything worth it. I love my job, I am glad to be back. Being gone was an interesting experience, I’m just happy to be back. While I was away I was wondering ‘What are they doing?’ and they were doing exactly what they should be doing. They were taking ownership, exhibiting leadership, recruiting and encouraging. Just everything I would ask them to do. It’s refreshing. This is my best year yet. I am so proud.”

I asked Mrs. Sharif-Lucas how becoming a mother has changed her as a teacher. She laughed and said, “It didn’t change me at all, I am still direct. I do tend to listen to students a lot more and have patience, but I still have the same high expectations for my students and band. I did soften up just a little bit.” Stay on the lookout for the Labor Day Parade 1st Place winners, the Pittsburgh Obama Marching Band.

 

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