The Jackson High School Marching Jags' Creed

Cecil Houston: A legacy remembered.

Cecil Houston, the band leader at Jackson High School who died this week, had his students recite the marching band creed every day and before each game:

Music is our Love
From the heavens to the ground
Through the roar of the Jaguar
We are "The Soul-full Sound"

The Baton is our Sword
To do as it's told
To honor the power
of crimson, black and gold

These instruments are our weapons
The music is our ammunition
We are the Treble-Maker, Bass-Takers
For the love of music

For greater bands of Maynard H Jackson
We stand together as one
We strive for the highest
And are second to NONE

Admire the movement of the auxiliary
So graceful and free
Feel the thundering drums
Coming down the street

Hear the cry of the whirling woodwinds
And the howl of the mighty brass
Forever we are the Marching Jags!

Mr. Houston, who was 36, left his legacy on his students, friends and family.

Here is what some had to say on Twitter:


  • 'He Made Me Proud to be Part of the Marching Jags Family'
  • Rest in Peace: Cecil Houston


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