It’s A Family Tradition
No one really debates why this exceedingly diverse group of students is so tight knit. Like most families, it all starts at the top.
Band member Sherwin Zahirieh explains: “What Doc has allowed us to do is bring our own personalities and contributions to the band and bring them all together to create this one big cohesive unit.”
“Doc Nix is the reason that it feels like family,” asserts Velez. “He has provided incredible mentorship for me and for everyone in the Green Machine.”
All this familial talk is more than just lip service. Many Green Machine alumni stay connected to the band and return for events on campus, often jumping back in to perform a song or two. Some band members have even gone on to marry each other and start their own family.
So how has Doc Nix turned a pep band into a band of brothers and sisters?
“He knows how to take any ensemble he’s given, no matter what the instrumentation is, no matter who the people are, and help us understand that what we’re doing is for the betterment of our community,” proclaims Haywood. “And it’s for the betterment of ourselves. And for the betterment of this family. And for the betterment of the people that we’re picking up.”
Reflecting on the current state of the Green Machine, Doc Nix believes that each member of the band has helped to build this legacy.
“They all are very proud of what the band has become,” observes Nix. “And they can still see things that they put in place that the other students have picked up and continue to do.”
To the delight of crowds everywhere, this machine shows no signs of slowing down.