In a career full of awards, championships and highlights, the 2017-18 school year may be the top for Air Academy Band Director Stoney Black. He is very well known throughout the state and country for leading the Kadet Marching Bands to 12 state titles and numerous regional titles.
After picking up a state championship in the fall of 2017, the band then appeared in the 2018 Parade of Roses. All of that success does not come easily. The hard work starts in the summer for the students as they spend several hours a day learning the new songs, steps and routines.
“We are getting here at 8 a.m. every day,” Black said. “We’re putting eight hours of practice in.”
One the school year rolls around, students then practice every afternoon during the week for the various football games, concerts and festivals throughout the year.