• Mary Harrison

The Scoop: senior Bryce Perry

The first Scoop of the year features Drum Major Bryce Perry, pictured during last football season with his tuba.

Meet Bryce Perry, a Senior and Drum Major of your 2020-2021 Marching Syrupmaker Band!

Bryce, the son of Mrs. Latrena and Mr. Deno Perry, lives in the City of Cairo. The 17-year-old says he is “very excited and grateful” to have been chosen as leader of the marching band for his Senior year.

“These past three years, I’ve devoted my life to band… I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to serve as Drum Major.”

The audition process was more relaxing for Bryce this spring than it was the first time he tried-out for drum major in 2019, he shares, even though the process was held virtually for the first time this year: “I knew what to do… [Auditions are] usually face to face, but it was relatively easy, and I felt comfortable.”

Bryce says he most looks forward to “drilling to the music and putting [together] all 3 songs on the field,” this fall.

Bryce directs the band in their half-time performance of "Battle Hymn" during the first home football game of the 2020-2021 season.

The drum major shares that Mr. Scanling is his favorite teacher – “And not just because he’s my band director,” he adds with a laugh. Bryce explains that he always feels relaxed and welcomed around Mr. Scanling. When it comes to academics, the Senior says math is his favorite subject because it is “academically challenging.”

In addition to high school classes, Bryce says he has taken college classes since the summer before his Sophomore year, switching his enrollment from Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) to Valdosta state University (VSU) this spring.

While clubs and organizations are yet to kick off this fall, last school year Bryce was Vice President of the Cairo Youth Council, a member of National Honor Society, a student council representative, Junior class president, a member of Key Club, and played tuba in band.

Outside of his classes, Bryce volunteers at Southside Elementary School, where he helps to tutor 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-graders, and attends Cairo’s St. Thomas Primitive Baptist Church.

As a charter member of the R&B Dance Team in his Sophomore year, Bryce still enjoys dancing to “weird choreographies” for songs during his free time. Bryce also practices his soccer skills, because he played soccer for the Syrupmakers as an underclassman and hopes to play for CHS again next spring. The drum major said he relaxes by sleeping and by watching shows and movies on Netflix.

After graduating from CHS in the spring, Bryce plans on studying elementary education at VSU and return to teach in Grady County.

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