OKLAHOMA CITY – To be a member of the Resistance Indoor Percussion group from the Oklahoma City area, you need hard work, discipline and talent.
These high school and college kids put so much time and effort into their craft.
Their director James Doyle said what they do takes hours upon hours of rehearsing.
“We use pop music and put together a show and compete internationally.”
This past weekend they were all set to board a bus to go to Bowling Green, Kentucky to compete.
They were supposed to leave at 9 p.m. Friday until Doyle got a call from the bus company.
“We had a contract with them we paid in full,” he said. “Then at 2 p.m. on the day we were supposed to leave just 7 hours before we were supposed to leave they called me and told me they were shut down by the transportation department.”
Doyle went into scramble mode.
“I called every charter bus company that I could think of but it was spring break and they were all booked up.”
The group was scheduled to go with Heartland Charters and Tours but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut the Oklahoma City based company down for failure to follow operating conditions.
The FMCSA said an extensive review found multiple violations for things like hours-of-service, vehicle maintenance plus proper drug and alcohol testing of drivers.
Anne S. Ferro from FMCSA said, “FMCSA will continue to do everything within its current legal authority to remove unsafe operators from our roads. Our agency is committed to raising the bar for commercial vehicle and driver safety.”
The percussion group already paid more than $4,000 for this trip and put another grand down on a future trip to Ohio.
Doyle was told he would be refunded but hasn’t heard back from the company and hasn’t seen his money yet.
For now, he’s dealing with his group’s heartbreak.
“I had to break the news to them that we weren’t going, they were devastated.”
We contacted the bus company but have not had any response at this time.