10/9/2017 8:58:00 AM Wellston School Board honors
'the man behind the band' Miles Montgomery nominated for Volunteer of the Year award
Miles “Monty” Montgomery was one of several nominees for this year’s OSBA Volunteer of the Year Award for the Southeast Region. Despite not having won this time around, the Wellston City Schools Board of Education still took the time to honor him for his volunteer work with the Wellston Marching Band over the past five years. Shown from the left are Superintendent Karen Boch, Montgomery, and Board Vice President Gretchen Crabtree. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
Although his nomination for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in the Ohio School Boards Association's (OSBA) Southeast Region did not result in a win, Miles "Monty" Montgomery was still graciously recognized by the Wellston City Schools Board of Education recently.
Superintendent Karen Boch explained during the Monday, Oct. 2 board meeting, that Montgomery was one of 10 to 15 nominees in the OSBA Region Recognition Program's Outstanding Volunteer category, for all of his work over the years with the Wellston Golden Rocket Marching Band (WGRMB). Montgomery has been the president of the Wellston Band Boosters since 2012, and Boch attributes a great deal of the band's continued success to his work.
"The WGRMB has always had a strong presence, but Monty made it a mission to bolster that positive presence," Boch stated. "This is evident through his never-ending commitment, initiative and support to ensure the WGRMB continues its success."
During his time with the boosters, Boch said he has been a major contributor to the band's five Ohio Music Education Association performances, a trip to the Band of America, as well as several local and regional events and competitions.
She further said the band's director, Josh Willett, describes Montgomery as "the man behind the WGRMB."
"He is more than just the Booster president," Willett stated, "his involvement goes above and beyond."
Boch explained that Montgomery first became actively involved with the WGRMB while building a lighthouse prop for a competition show in 2012. Shortly after becoming president of the Boosters, Boch said Montgomery created WGRMB Facebook and Twitter accounts to publically promote all the band's accomplishments. For the last four marching seasons, he has been present at every band function including football games, competitions and parades, according to Boch.
"Not only does he set up the concession stand, load and unload equipment, fill water coolers and make last minute errands, he is also the band's photographer and the Code Blue Captain," Boch said, with Code Blue being the name of the WGRMB vehicle and trailer.
At the end of her presentation, Boch said a quote from Elizabeth Andrews best sums up Montgomery and his work.
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart," she said.
Montgomery plans to continue on as Band Booster president and band manager in the future, according to Boch.