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Band instructor creating memories via zoom

Teaching at Port Barre for 15 years
Posted at 7:27 PM, May 11, 2020

Students at Port Barre High School were one of the many senior classes to be saddened when they heard news of school doors being closed and being separated from their peers would be mandatory.

"It was a shock whenever we found out it wouldn't be resumed, when we found out it was canceled we were pretty disappointed because it's our senior year," said senior, Reagan Coulon.

That disappointment feeling hit both teachers and students at Port Barre High School, leaving questions to the one department that relies on one-on-one interactions.

"Music or band directing, teaching musical instruments is more of an in presence thing, for me. You have to kind of see what's going on there and see what the student is doing to teach them," said band director Dante Boyd.

Inspired by his wife, the 15-year band director decided to teach himself how to use zoom so he could reunite with his students.

"My wife was actually teaching zoom with her math class, and she mentioned that to me. So, I thought about it, and we got together looking at how it would all work," said Boyd.

To his surprise, they were able to figure out a system that helped the band and also a member of the choir.

"It worked out well, and when we handed hosting duties to the other students, they were able to get a real-time feel for what was going on," said Boyd.

New memories that the seniors will forever remember.

"It was my amazing teacher, my amazing fellow classmates, and we all bonded it felt good to interact in a setting like that," said senior Tyrese Pickney.