FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — When the Fergus Falls High School band director realized the town's senior students would not be walking up to the traditional graduation music, he took matters into his own hands.
Those who have been to high school graduation ceremonies recognize the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" played by their school's band a few dozen or a hundred times as graduates walk in.
Some band directors are tired of it, but not band teacher Scott Kummrow.
With their spring concert canceled and their school closed, Kummrow asked students to send messages to the community.
"They came up big, those quotes and kids were just awesome," Kummrow remembered.
The band director was so moved that he decided to send his own message, in the form of music. He wanted to honor seniors with "Pomp and Circumstance" so he started recording the tuba part, then he played the euphonium. Soon he had recorded more than a dozen instruments for the song.
"For me, all these things happened as a way to maintain good mental health," Kummrow said. "Focusing on things, being productive and creative, I shot the video having no idea what I was doing."
Scott changed costumes for all the parts. Some outfits were more relaxed with others being a little formal. He even directed himself wearing his own graduation gown.
"I did it because I am a goofy person and my students know that side of me," Kummrow said.
The messy band room is a reminder of how one teacher, during these cloudy, troubling times spoke to those who needed to hear it most.
"We want you graduates to know we care about you, you are special and we wish best of luck in the next chapter of your life," Kummrow said.