Brooklyn Park Lions Drum Corps Celebrates 10 Years
If you’ve been to local parades, you might have noticed the Brooklyn Park Lions Drum Corps and Dance Team. The children, teens, and the volunteers who support them have been going strong for more than ten years.
The group is known for its rhythmic beats and fancy footwork. Director Johnnie Gurley says the group is more than a drum and dance team. It’s a family. He says the non-profit is building character and discipline.
“We have created best friends,’ said Gurley. “Keep them out of the streets, and keep them out of people’s houses, and out of cars and stuff like that,” said Gurley.
Dancer Kiwana McCoy says the team has given her a purpose and boosted her confidence.
“When I first started, I was super shy. It made me overcome a lot of things. I didn’t expect I would be captain,” said McCoy.
The young ladies and men are marching to a beat of their own, becoming role models in the community too.
“I always try to be a mentor to everybody on the team,” said Colin Easley. He’s also a Brooklyn Park Police Cadet.
“When I get sworn-in, I’d like to branch out and into the community and be that officer that everybody knows, and everybody is comfortable talking to,” said Easley. Meanwhile, Gurley says he hopes the team dances to the beat of success, long after they leave the group.
“It makes me feel good that I put a positive input on the kids’ life.”
Learn more about the Brooklyn Park Lions Drum and Dance Team here.
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