The 101 Connection

SCSU Marching 101 Alumni Band Newsletter - April 2014

About The 101 Connection

The 101 Connection is the quarterly newsletter created for the SCSU Marching 101 Alumni Band members. The purpose is to keep participants aware of events and information related to the association. We want to include information about events related to SCSU and personal information. It is our goal to have a variety of avenues to release information. Unfortunately, as a result of the rising cost of printing, this information will only be sent out electronically. Newsletters will be sent out during the months of January, April, July, and October.

If you have information to submit to the newsletter, please visit the SCSU Marching 101 Alumni Band webpage to complete the submission form or click below. To be included in the upcoming newsletter, information should be submitted by the 15th day of the following months: December, March, June, and September.

SCSU Alumni Band Scholarship

Students in the current SCSU Band Program have an opportunity to apply for an SCSU Alumni Band Scholarship. The scholarships stem from donations and/or payment of dues by Alumni Band members. The Scholarship amounts and number of scholarships awarded vary and are determined by alumni band members. Students applying for the scholarship have to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the funds. The criteria includes the following:

1. Have, minimally, an overall "C" academic average (2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale)

2. Be a current student at SCSU who is planning to continue their education at the university

3. Be actively invovled in the band program for the current and upcoming school year (fall and spring).

SCSU Ensembles Perform Around the State

Many of you may remember the spring is the season for various SCSU Ensembles to travel and showcase their talents near and far. As with the past, SCSU bands visit various cities and towns in South Carolina to give them a taste of that Bulldog Spirit through song. As alumni, one way to support these bands is to attend their concerts and show your support for the music they create. Check out their schedule to see if they are coming near you. Please contact the local venue for more details.



  • April 10 - 12: SCSU Middle/High School Honor Band Clinic (Orangeburg, SC)

  • April 12: SCSU Jazz Ensemble Concert (Greenville, SC) TBA

  • April 21 - 25: SCSU Color Guard Workshop

  • April 21: SCSU Wind Ensemble Concert at Laurens County High School (Laurens, SC) 6:30 PM

  • April 22: SCSU Wind Ensemble Concert at Lower Richland High School (Columbia, SC)

  • April 23: SCSU Ensemble at Spartanburg High School (Spartanburg, SC) at 7:00 PM

  • April 26: SCSU Jazz Ensemble Concert at USC - Upstate Student Center (Spartanburg, SC) 7:00 PM

  • April 27: SCSU Wind Ensemble Concert at MLK Auditorium (Orangeburg, SC) 7:00 PM

  • April 28: SCSU Wind Ensemble Concert at Burke High School (Charleston, SC) 7:00 PM

  • April 30: SCSU Wind Ensemble Concert at Manning High School (Manning, SC) 7:00 PM

SCSU Alumni Band Dues: $40.00 for a limited time. Click for details.


Saturday, April 26th, 2pm

110 Columbia NE Dr

Columbia, SC

Join us at KiKi's Chicken & Waffles, 110 Columbia Northeast Drive (Two Notch Rd), Columbia, SC, from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. This will be an opportunity for members to pay the Early Bird fee of $40 and sign up for committees. We will also have a short presentation about the projects/initiatives that the Alumni Band Association are currently doing.

SCSU Marching 101 Alumnus named Acting Chief of Police in Columbia, SC

Congratulations to Major Melron Kelly, Bongo Brother, Inc., for being named Acting Chief for the Columbia (SC) Police Department.

Major Melron Kelly was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, in the North Columbia community. Upon graduation from Columbia High School, Major Kelly attended and graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice; the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville - 124th Session - Executive Police Leadership program in 2010, and the 62nd Session of the DEA Drug Commanders Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2007. Major Kelly is currently pursuing a Master's Degree from the University of Louisville majoring in Justice Administration.

An officer of the Columbia Police Department since 1999, Major Kelly began his career with the department as an Explorer in 1990 at the age of 13. After graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Major Kelly's first assignment in the Columbia Police Department was serving as the Residential Officer in the Waverly Street KOBAN. This familiarity and commitment to serving the community through law enforcement has developed into leadership positions in the Narcotics Division, as an Investigator, before being promoted to Sergeant; a Lieutenant overseeing the Gang/Narcotics Unit; a regional commander as Captain in the North Region, and currently serving as the Major of the Columbia Police Department's Operations Division.

He serves as a member of various community and social organizations to include the Eau Claire Promise Zone Board, the NAACP, Harmony, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and other community affiliations.

He is a member of Ft. Clark Baptist Church, however he currently attends Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia, S.C.

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Coastal Battle of the Bands Drumline Competition

Saturday, May 3rd, 7pm

Long County High School Gym, 1844 Georgia 57, Ludowici, GA

Long County High School presents Coastal Battle of the Bands Drumline Competition on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Show starts at 7:00 PM.

Cost: $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door. Kids 5 and under are FREE.

Email for more information!

SCSU Alumni Entertain Black History Program Audience in Columbia, SC

Black History Month is marked by various parades, programs, and performances that showcase the rich history of the African American people. This year, in Columbia, SC, students at Richland Northeast High School were entertained by several former members of the SCSU Marching 101 Band. Former SCSU Marching 101 Assistant Band Director, H. Wade Johnson, along with Ronald Green, and Devin Robinson, both 101 alumni, were among the performers at this year's program. In addition, the Lincoln University Pep Band put on a show that had the audience members dancing in their seats. Check out a quick video about the performance (video from Richland Northeast High School) .

Black History Month Assembly 2014

$40.00 for a limited time. Pay your dues early for added savings! Click for details.

About the SCSU Marching 101 Alumni Band

Co-founded in 1988 by the late Ronald J. Sarjeant, the SCSU Alumni Band Association has continued to support and promote a positive working relationship with the University Band program. In the 25 years the spirit and leadership of the members of our organization have been well recognized. We have never been content with following along but have taken the initiative in setting the standard for others.

We are excited about the programs and initiatives that we will make our focus over the next two years. As we continue to progress, the executive board is committed to establish the following:

1. Goals and activities to increase membership
2. New avenues to increase support for current students
3. Membership perks for financial members
4. Committees that will support the advancement of the association’s purpose and objectives as outlined in our Constitution and By-laws.