How music is being used to show support for the Oxford community

Oxford schools fight song written in 1944

Support for the families impacted by the Oxford High School shooting has been pouring in from around Metro Detroit and the country.

OXFORD, Mich. – Support for the families impacted by the Oxford High School shooting has been pouring in from around Metro Detroit and the country.

A second wave of support is coming in -- and it’s in the form of music. The Oxford schools fight song was written in 1944 by student Martin Kozac.

The first video Band Director Jim Gibbons saw come in was from an orchestra in New York, and then there were videos from Texas and Oregon and Iowa, which featured children in Dubuque singing their fight song.

He says it’s having a tremendous healing effect on the community and he would know -- his three daughters go to Oxford and are in the band.

The idea was brought up to post the fight song as a way to show support for the Oxford community. Now, videos of the fight song are being shared from all over the country.

Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Central Michigan University also contributed -- the schools have Oxford alumni in their bands.

You can watch a compilation video of many of the videos sent in on the Oxford Community Schools Facebook page and read several comments from the community about how much they appreciate it.

Support for the families impacted by the Oxford High School shooting has been pouring in from around Metro Detroit and the country.

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Jason anchors Local 4's 5:30 p.m. newscast. He joined WDIV in January 2015 as a general assignment reporter and has a Journalism degree from Michigan State University.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.