Durr to lead MS Lions Band

Kameron Durr, a senior at Magee High School and drum major of the Trojan Marching Band, has been named drum major for the 2018 Mississippi Lions All-State Band.

Durr won the position after several auditions before a panel of judges from across the state.

“He has been preparing and auditioning for several weeks,” said Patrice Ford Boykin of Magee, a member of the 1983  Mississippi Lions Band. “Anyone who has seen Kameron perform knows he is very deserving of the honor,” she added.

Each state may form a Lions Band.  The bands are then invited to compete at the Lions Club International Convention, which can be held anywhere in the world and will be held this summer in Las Vegas, N.V. 

The Mississippi Lions Band has been the International Champion for 33 times in all and for the last five years consecutively.  The band is under the direction of Jeff Cannon and assistant Mickey Mangum.  Approximately 140 students from high school bands across the state are chosen for the Lions Band.

“Young musicians must prove themselves in auditions every year,” said Boykin.  “Success brings the opportunity to travel and make music with the best of the best and to play alongside young musicians they might not otherwise meet.”

Durr is only the second Magee High School student ever to be selected as drum major to lead the state Lions Band.  Todd Prince was state drum major from 1887 to 1989.

Other Magee High School students to win positions in the Lions Band have been the following:

Charles Pruitt - 1962

Mary Beth Ramsey, majorette - late 70s

Stephanie Gregory, instrument - 1989-1992

Jenna Martiniere, dancer - 1989-1990

Rodney King, instrument - 1989

Kayla Rogers - 2009

Jenny Beville, instrument

Zack Sullivan, instrument

Kameron Durr, drum major - 2018

The state band will participate in an intense week of band camp and training this summer before leaving for the Las Vegas competition.

Students are responsible for the cost of their own trip.  The local Lions Club may help with funding, but individuals may also  help by calling the Magee High School Band directors, Amanda and Brad Sumrall.

After graduation, Durr says he will attend the University of Southern Mississippi to major in music education.  He hopes one day to lead the USM’s Pride of Mississippi Band as drum major.  He has been in Magee school bands since sixth grade.  After leading the Trojan Band in marching season, he plays saxophone during the concert season.

Durr is the son of Keyaha Durr and Sedrick Durr and the grandson of Janice and John Walker and Dorothy Stovall.

Information submitted by Patrice Boykin

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