KC youth marching team forced to look for new home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group that prides itself on keeping kids off the street is now forced onto the street with no where to go after losing their home at a Raytown church due to building code violations.

The KC Marching Falcons team are now hoping for help to march on.

"I love the sound. Lifts me up off my feet," said Tyree Madge, adding that the KC Marching Falcons aren't just a team, it's family.

He's been drumming with the KC Marching Falcons for 14 years and now he's using what he learned to go to college.

"Lincoln University. My major is music engineering," Madge said.

Kids like Madge are exactly why Juston Brewster works so hard.

"We owe that to our children, to our community," said Brewster, who leads the team—a big group ranging from 3 to 21 years old. They operate out of Our Lady of Lourdes classroom and gym in Raytown but recently got some bad news.

"They said we had a two week notice to vacate the premises," Brewster said.

The Raytown fire chief says he got a call about the kids practicing at the church. When he looked into it, he says he found the building is not up to code because it doesn't have working fire alarms.

Not only were the kids not supposed to be in the building, the fire chief says it should've been shut down years ago.

"We were all in total shock. Couldn't believe it," Brewster said.

Now the Marching Falcons have two weeks to march into a new home.

"It becomes very depressing," said Brewster. "We get shut out everywhere. We hear complaints but where is the actual help we need?"

Future college freshman Madge says he owes most of his success to this team and he hopes nothing stops it from doing the same for another kid just like him.

"I hope the Kansas City Marching Falcons will still stand when I'm gone," Madge said.

FOX 4 reached out to Our Lady of Lourdes for comment on the building code violations, but they had no comment.

If you would like to reach out to the KC Marching Falcons, contact their director Juston Brewster at <kcmarchingfalcons@yahoo.com>.



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