Lessons From The “Band Of Blue”

bandofblue  The band of blue is about to kickoff a new season. It’s my son Joel’s second year playing in the Colleton County High School Band of Blue. Tom Finigan and his staff do an amazing job of assembling together one of the best high school bands in the state. Anyone looking closely can see their effort and the results of their hard work. As lead pastor of Refuge Church, I know how much sweat and prayer goes into leading something that strives daily to be above average. I can promise you things don’t just happen by accident. Here are some things you’ll observe that are key to Big Blue’s success.

  1. VISION.

Before I ever moved to Walterboro, I heard of the Band of Blue. Not because I was a big band person, but because vision travels. It is clear the Band of Blue strives to be the best high school band possible year in and year out. Band members come and band members go. Yet, the vision is bigger than it’s members and outlives any single performance. Those who sign up for the Band of Blue understand that it is a movement greater than any one person. Everyone matters, but following the vision is what’s best for everyone to accomplish much.


When it comes to the Band of Blue, I’m very impressed with its team work. Parents, boosters, teenagers and the community all work together in making this band a success. The more unselfish people you have working together to accomplish a common goal, the greater chance you have of accomplishing that goal. What makes Big Blue great? The people who work together to make it great.


Accomplishing anything big always starts with doing a bunch of little things well. They are constantly practicing, tweaking, evaluating and striving to do a little better than before. They evaluate past performances, transitions, props, processes and anything that might help them perform at a greater level. They celebrate accomplishments, but then its back to discovering ways to improve.


They are proud, but not content. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your effort. But, where things begin to fall is when we think we’ve arrived. The Band of Blue understands they are always a work in progress. Each and every day they strive to improve towards their goal of excellence. Excellence is simply seeking to do the very best you can and leaving the results in God’s hands.


I’ve seen firsthand Tom Finigan’s heart and passion for the Band of Blue. He is not just focused on process, but on developing people. He has already left my almost 15 year old better than he found him. Passion and heart are contagious. It’s not something you pretend, but will reveal itself over time. Today, many share Tom’s heart and passion to see young people perform and develop to the best of their ability.

My friends, these are principles that will make any organization, mission or church great. There are no short cuts to success. It’s always a daily grind of taking the next right step in front of you. The Colleton County Band of Blue seems to do that as well as anyone. I can promise you this, I will seek to lead my church in the same fashion. I encourage you if you can to go out and checkout the band of blue this season. Go Big Blue!

(Philippians 3:12-14)Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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