Pictured above from left to right are program chairman Pastor Tim Alexander, guest speaker Kitty DeLoach, and Valley Kiwanian Tammy Martin Merritt
VALLEY- On Wednesday, the current W.F. Burns Middle School Teacher of the year, and Valley High Band Director Kitty DeLoach spoke to the Valley Kiwanis Club on the Pride of the Valley Marching Band, including those that are currently in the band, the significant role the alumni plays, and what makes band life so special.
DeLoach, who was raised in Eclectic, Alabama in Elmore County, is a mother of 5 and is married to her husband Jonathan. She discovered the love of the band at an early age something she is still passionate about today. DeLoach is a former member of the Auburn Marching Band and has been with the Chambers County School District for 19 years. DeLoach, and Assistant Band Director Mark Meadows, whom she gives enormous credit to, and says she could not do her job without.
DeLoachvcommunityalso talked about the importance of the community for support as well as fundraising.
"Our fundraisers allow us to take the band off-site to continue education as well as the purchase of instruments. Our band alumni are so critical to the program, and their support means so much. The Pride is a family, and I'm so grateful for them", said Deloach.
Additionally, the Pride of the Valley Marching Band will perform, three concerts this year.
Under Deloach's leadership, the Pride of the Valley Marching Band continues to be one of the best bands in the region.