Friday, August 1, 2014


SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College needs guitar players to help make history.

The Mighty Lion Band has teamed with Peavey Electronics of Meridian this summer to create a one-of-a-kind marching guitar line. Dubbed “The Electric Roar” by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, who conceived the idea, the guitar line will fully integrate with the marching band and, thanks to custom-made equipment from Peavey, participate in marching formations on the field and in parades.

“Everything we do at EMCC is aimed at being the best and making a lasting impression. So I thought, what’s another way to make our band the biggest and the loudest it can be? And that led me to this idea, which, to our knowledge, has never been done before,” said Young.

“Innovation is certainly one way to jump to the front of the line of the best bands in the country. And luckily we have a worldwide leader in electronic instrumentation in our back yard to help make it a reality.”

At full strength, The Electric Roar will feature six conventional electric guitars and one electric bass guitar. All the guitars will transmit a wireless signal to a mobile control module and speaker cabinets which will be pulled by a Polaris utility vehicle. The control module and speakers will be powered by a low noise Honda generator, which will be towed along with the sound equipment.

“It will be thousands of watts of pure, raw excitement,” said Steve Stringer, director of the Mighty Lion Band.

“Usually guitar players are left out of the marching band world. But if you play guitar or bass, come audition for a scholarship, because I’m recruiting right now.”

EMCC offers several kinds of scholarships to band students enrolled full-time at the Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses. Transportation to Scooba for events and daily practice is provided for students from the Golden Triangle campus.

Stringer, a guitar player himself for more than 35 years, also designed a custom harness for the guitars which allows the instruments to spin 360 degrees to add more visual flair to marching routines. And the guitars themselves, along with the speaker cabinets, will be customized by Peavey artists to include EMCC logos.

Conceptualization and planning for The Electric Roar began this summer and is still under way, but Stringer hopes to work the guitar line into marching routines this fall as EMCC’s football team defends its 2013 NJCAA national championship and MACJC state championship. And Stringer hopes to take the show on the road as the band applies for spots in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Last year the Mighty Lion Band marched in the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pa.

Peavey founder Hartley Peavey, a Meridian native, said his company is excited to be a part of the project.

“Peavey is always very happy to partner with local organizations and schools. We do a lot of work for charity and organizations with a good cause,” said Peavey.

“We’re proud to be a part of innovative projects and I was very excited about it when we began blue-sky dreaming about applications for this technology.”

The deadline for fall registration at EMCC is Aug. 15. Anyone interested in becoming a part of The Electric Roar or the Mighty Lion Band can contact Steve Stringer at or find more details at

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