Facebook post of two Alabama band students sparks world of support

The band room at McKee Middle School is spacious and full of cacophony. The children play instruments while band director Jammie Phillips walks and teaches hands-on.

McKee Middle School band members Errol Caraway, left, and Alexander Edwards, right, pose with their band director Jammie Phillips at the Montgomery, Ala., school.  in 2023  January 25

Phillips recently photographed two students, tuba player Errol Caraway and trombonist Alexander Philips, in front of the school as they were inducted into the Auburn University High School Honor Band. She said she was going to try to post it on the school district’s Facebook page.

Since the photo was posted, it has received more than 9,000 comments, more than 600 shares and almost 30,000 reactions. Two eighth graders said they even made it to Brazil.

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Philips said it expected the post to get some engagement, but not nearly as much as it got.

“Especially when we’re just in high school,” Caraway added.

McKee Middle School band members Errol Caraway, left, and Alexander Edwards will be on display at the school in Montgomery, Ala.  in 2023  on Wednesday, January 25.

Lakinya Caraway, Errol Caraway’s mother, said she never expected it to blow up like this. She believes the spotlight will make other kids realize they don’t need to be athletic kids to be celebrated.

“I think these gentlemen kind of opened the floodgates,” she said. “It definitely gave a lot of kids hope.”

Joshua Caraway said his son comes home every day and records a YouTube video of the band playing.

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