New band director marches his way into Montevallo High


Jazmine Williams and EmilyAnne Smith

Change can be hard. We all know this. For the Montevallo Marching Troubadours, change has been a recurring theme. They have had four band directors within the last five years, to be exact. Here’s a little to should know about the new director to the marching band family, Mr. Kirkland! 

Eric Kirkland comes from Berry High School, a school in Fayette County of about total 200 students and a band of less than 20! Kirkland says that he has been drawn to the music education for its “challenge” and from the support of his old band directors. He was drawn to Montevallo’s “friendly environment” and was welcomed by everyone as the new band director. When it comes to the band’s progress with their halftime show, entitled “Queen,” he says that the band has been fantastic. “The band is definitely larger,” he said with a smile. “And it has very strong leadership.” 

In regards to who he is, Band Captain, Ja’Quel Williams says that he does his job well. He goes on and states that,“He’s patient, but stern and all around a pretty cool guy.” 

Drum Major, Miranda Martin says that he is very organized and cares very much about the band. Both heads of the band and leadership team look forward to how the halftime show will be executed, as well as concert band season, and marching competitions. An overall goal for the band is to receive as many superior ratings at competitions as possible.

Dawn Cabrera, the auxiliary instructor for the Troubadours, says that Kirkland is a lot like Mr. Lawley, the band director for MHS from 2008-2014. She loves his dedication and passion for the band to learn, “how [to play], not loud.” 

Kirkland’s desire to learn about the band’s traditions, including the infamous Bobo and section chants, and the history behind them makes him a wonderful leader. Kirkland has truly marched his way into the hearts of Troubadours.