Meet Forsby Quick
“World Class Colts Drum and Bugle Corps Member & Future Music Instructor”
Two years of remote and hybrid learning did not stop Gray's Creek High School (GCHS) senior Forsby Quick from developing and advancing his love for music. He has always had high standards and expectations for himself— both academically and musically—and is graduating at 17 years old after just three years in high school.
"Forsby's drive to learn all that he can and take advantage of every opportunity is incredible," remarked GCHS Social Worker Vanessa Wade. "Everything he does, he does with kindness, peace and humility. Highly motivated and driven, Forsby is a fine young man who is a leader and well respected by his peers."
Forsby's love is guitar and the "math rock" genre. He actually taught himself to play the guitar and spends a lot of his time strengthening his guitar technique. He never lets his music and extracurricular activities interfere with his academic performance. He has always stayed on top of his school work and maintained good grades as an Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) student.
Forsby played soccer during his freshman year and joined the GCHS band during his sophomore year, playing the trumpet. "Marching band was my favorite of any activity I had done," he said. "Due to COVID-19, I was able to experience only one normal season, but I enjoyed making friends and accomplishing challenging things with them."
Despite only one complete season, Forsby was the main soloist this year for the GCHS marching band. He also earned honors as third-chair in the All-District Band, first-chair in the All-County band and was All-State band eligible. "My band director, Mr. Thomas Stovall, has been the teacher I've been able to go to for anything," he mentioned. "Whether it be questions about life, school, or just to laugh, he taught me what hard work can accomplish."
In addition to his local and state accomplishments, Forsby's dedication to music has resulted in some extraordinarily elite opportunities. In February of 2022, he traveled to audition for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, one of 25 World Class Drum and Bugle Corps in existence, based out of Dubuque, Iowa. His audition was successful, and he received a contract to be a performing member of the corps. Forsby is the first student in Stovall's 17-year career in the classroom to receive a World Class contract.
Forsby's summer will be spent traversing the United States, but it isn't going to be glamorous and easy. From sleeping on gym floors after rehearsing for seven to 14 hours daily to eating meals out of a semi-truck mobile kitchen, Forsby will do what it takes to prepare for performances in front of thousands of people in high school, college, and professional football stadiums across America. The tour will end in August with the Drum Corps International World Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Forsby hopes that his achievements will inspire students who come after him. "I would like to be remembered for all of my accomplishments in band, including placing very high in all of my auditions, being all-state eligible, and receiving a drum corps contract," he said. "To future students — find the things you enjoy and spend your time doing them, and don't be scared of what people think about you."
Forsby has been accepted to Western Carolina University's (WCU) music program. He will participate in the WCU marching band and plans to pursue a degree in music and become a music instructor.
"Cumberland County Schools provided an education system that allowed me to learn and succeed, and an environment that taught me life skills like time management and people skills," said Forsby.