MR.BEN MALLORY OF SUMTER COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL SHARES MORE THAN MUSIC WITH STUDENTS
MALLORY OF SUMTER MIDDLE EDUCATES STUDENTS
MR.BEN MALLORY OF SUMTER COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL SHARES MORE THAN MUSIC WITH STUDENTS Mr. Ben Mallory has been Director of Bands and Music Education at Sumter Middle School for eight years. His classes are filled with a time of meaningful dialog between himself and students and theory and history of music. "I love sharing information about the history and impact of all styles of music on all ages of students. I hope they learn to really appreciate the music they listen to and from where it came. My students seem to thrive on knowing this information" said Mr. Mallory. Visitation to Mr. Mallory's class is "fun." His impact on students is obvious as he used technology and actual hands-on experience to educate these middle grade students. "Mr. Mallory makes band fun and interesting," said Ashlei Banks. "The class with Mr. Mallory is interesting and amazing. It is sometimes a bit crazy but he always makes it fun for his students," said Jesus Galvan.
Mr. Mallory is creating a legacy of the love of music and hopes that these students, all of whom he has had during all of their middle school years, will continue their musical interest and involvement in fine arts. "I know that Superintendent Brooks was a former band member and teacher. He really appreciates a fine arts program and I want our students to learn the fun of sharing good sounds with others," offered Mr. Mallory.
Mr. Mallory boasts the growing legacy of excellence in his bands. They have participated in the Southeastern United States Middle School Honor Band held at Troy University in Troy, Alabama sending as many as 12 students to represent Sumter County Schools. The band has participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District III Concert Festival in Columbus, GA and the Georgia Bandmasters Association (GBA) Concert Festival held in Bainbridge, GA. At these events the bands of Sumter Middle have consistently received Superior and Excellent Ratings from judges across all walks of the world of instrumental music. Most recently the band has received Superior ratings for the past two years from the GBA Festival in Bainbridge, a legacy of Superior Ratings that the students work hard each year to maintain. "We have no intention of lowering the bar that we have set for ourselves," said Mallory. "We will do whatever is necessary to achieve Superior Ratings from the judges. Those ratings are the measuring stick by which I, and our administrators, evaluate this program. I use the judge's comments and feedback to make this program better, smarter, stronger and faster to meet the needs of all the students involved."
The SCMS Concert Band also performs concerts in the winter and spring. This past December the SCMS Concert and Beginning Band performed in conjunction with the SCMS Chorus and Rhythm and Rhyme Ensemble at SCMS. This past spring the SCMS Concert Band and Beginning Band performed in conjunction with the Staley Middle School Concert Band and Beginning Band at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southwestern State University. The SCSM Band also performed in February for the Black History Program at Sumter County Middle. These are events that grow musicianship and pride.
In addition to a reputable concert program the Americus-Sumter Pep Band is a vital part of the instrumental music program. Combined with students from Staley Middle and Sumter Middle the Americus-Sumter Pep Band performs for events that boost the pride and spirit that our students have for their school. These events include pep rallies, home middle school football games, school assemblies, the Read-A-Million Words rally and other events associated with the school.
"I hope that all my students learn to love music, learn to learn making music, and learn to let the music make them think, feel and believe on a higher level" said Mallory. "When students think and feel for themselves on a higher level they become free thinkers and eventually become solvers of problems. I believe our society needs problem solvers."
Here, Mr. Mallory opens his band class at Sumter Middle School, with news of the impact of 9-11 on life changes and the legacy of his students who will continue to pay for important home security