GETTING RESULTS: A gift for music helps band students in their time of need

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)-- A local band welcomed help with a stressful problem.

The Madison County Tiger Marching Band trailer was stolen last March right off school property. It left the band without a way to transport their equipment to competitions and concerts.

"Somebody took something from my kids," said Zac Tyree, the band director. "It was so stressful."

WHNT News 19 aired the original story and put it on our website. That's where the students' plight struck a chord with Torch Technologies CEO Bill Roark. He mobilized Torch Technologies and Lone Wolf Trailer Company out of Falkville to get a new trailer for the band.

"We saw this story on WHNT News 19," he said. "We've just had a history of doing things in the community and saw this looked like a good thing to do," he said. "Hopefully these kids will carry that forward and those kids will do good for the community in the future."

Band members came to Torch to play a few songs for the company and its partners.

"We're just super happy, and super excited," said drum line member Brandon Marsh after seeing the new trailer. "It makes us feel a little bit bigger, better, and badder to be the Madison County band."

"Now we have one that says, Madison County Tiger Band on it," said Michelle Barnett, a trombone player. "That's finally ours."

It's things like that which motivate Roark to keep doing good in the community.

"It's just a positive feeling that makes you want to just do it again. It's so comforting to see the joy the kids have and to properly impact their lives." He said seeing the students' faces Thursday was priceless.

"I can breathe," said Tyree, who said the band's situation was keeping him up at night. "I can relax. We're going to be able to make it to football games, we're going to be able to go to competitions."


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