The Miami Central Rockets glow with pride as the best in the nation

MIAMI – Kermit Virgil is the principal of the Rockets, Miami Central High School’s marching band.

The Rockets, the National High School Football Champions, won their fourth straight state championship this season with a perfect 14-and-0.

Virgil said the band’s motto is “We Practice To Perfect,” and Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Miami’s Liberty City brings all their hard work to life.

“The more the crowd gets into it, the more we seem into it, too.”

Virgil said the musicians practiced at school and at home daily, Monday through Friday.

“Football season is over, but the band doesn’t have an off-season,” Virgil said. “We are year round.”

Virgil said he used her performance as an opportunity to teach black history.

“We really don’t learn much about it in schools, so this is a chance for us to broaden our horizons and really open up to the community and share the legacy of Dr. King to really celebrate,” Virtil said.

Virgil was particularly proud of Marvin Dorvil, the band’s one drum major, and he’s always ready to lead the Rockets to success.

“It was a very long parade, but seeing all the faces of the people in my community where I live was very good and pushed me to finish the parade,” said Marvin, a FAMU graduate student.

Virgil said teaching at Miami Central has always been his dream job.

“To be able to pass on to these students the same thing that was passed on to me, it is passed on from generation to generation,” Virgil said.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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