Band Inspired by Drummer With Down Syndrome

The Orangefield High School Marching Bobcats get their drive and inspiration from Joshua Ferguson, a 16-year-old drummer with Down Syndrome.

Often known as his nickname “Mr. Bobcat,” Ferguson’s boundless enthusiasm for band and school has touched everyone in their community.

“He’s mainly the energy that keeps us going,” said head drum major Jacob Buckles to KBMT12, “Whenever we’re tired, it’s 95-degrees outside, we’re trying to march and we need to get our work done and we don’t want to, Josh is always up at attention ready to go. He’s the drive to our band.”

Ferguson has never let the fact he is non-verbal get in the way of his goals. He recently was invited to perform at McNeese State and Lamar Universities.

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Click here to read a past Halftime Magazine feature on band members that have overcome physical and developmental challenges.

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