The Insite has learned there is more trouble brewing just north of Houston.
Band members at Prairie View A&M have started a campaign to get rid of their interim band director – Dr. William McQueen.
Students claim the director lacks passion for the program, has failed to get them scholarships on time, and refused to provide musical direction.
One student says they’ve already collected over 200 signatures to ask school officials to replace McQueen and their list is growing.
Those students are also considering a walkout and protest.
A meeting held this week between students and the administration resulted in no action taken against McQueen according to students.
They tell the Insite school officials say they are not ready to move Dr. McQueen.
However, I have been told a new business manager is in the works for the band to ensure students get their scholarships on time.
One student says, “we have 30 years of legacy behind us and we went this year from having 340 band members to 130…and that’s really bad….we want to be great again.”
Students say we still have a good program but it’s far from the greatness we once knew under previous leadership.
The Insite sent to messages to the university and I will post the responses once I get them!
UPDATE – THE UNIVERSITY RESPONDS:
“The Marching Storm is an excellent source of pride for Prairie View A&M University. Throughout the last year, the University has been evaluating the ways in which it operates to ensure that it continues to uphold that great status.
This evaluation, as your reporting shows, includes reviewing everything from the way scholarships are distributed to the scheduling of tryouts, the hiring of a business manager and even evaluating the current leadership. We will continue to evaluate and make changes as necessary to our band program to ensure that our historic legacy is not only upheld but continues.
President Wright’s meeting with the band last night is an indication of how serious we are to continue our goal of achieving excellence in teaching, research, service and, in this case, the marching storm.”
- Sheleah Reed