Georgia Marching Band Spells Racial Slur During Halftime Performance

Joann Johnston
November 7, 2018

Several marching band members with Georgia's Brookwood High School are facing the music this week after they made a decision to use instrument covers to spell out a racial slur during the halftime show at a recent football game.

Sousaphone players at Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) used the covers of their instruments to rearrange the word "Broncos" into a racist word during the performance on senior night.

The covers aren't normally worn on the field but pictures posted to social media showed some of the band members spelling out a four-letter racial slur that starts with the letter "c".

Some members of the Brookwood High School marching band use instrument covers that, when correctly lined up, spell out the school's nickname, "Broncos".

Ford says the school's halftime procedures now are being reviewed and disciplinary action will be taken against the sousaphone players involved.

Band members typically don't wear the covers on the field, however, because they muffle the sound from their instrument. During the halftime show, band members took to the field, and members of the sousaphone section chose to play a senior prank.

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One mother, Shawn Myers, said she was appalled and "will not stop" until the culprits are expelled.

"The mascot is a horse, it's a bronco, and the "B" and the "R" were nowhere near", Myers said. That said, last night during what was already a very busy senior night, we experienced several personnel challenges that resulted in our band director not being on the field when the band took the field. "It's to belittle black people; it's an insult", she said.

"I am hurt and disappointed in these students and their actions that have stunned our community", Ford wrote. "It's just like saying the n-word, but this is worse because it's coming from students at a public high school", said Myers.

"Unfortunately, as they performed and moved around the field, the letters on the instruments aligned to spell a completely unacceptable, racial term", he continued.

"I want them expelled".

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