JACKSONVILLE, AL -- More than 500 gifted musicians and auxiliary were selected for Jacksonville State University's prestigious band program, the Marching Southerners, for Fall 2019. A record 551 students - 191 of them freshmen - have joined the band for the 2019-2020 season, including:
Taylor Drummond of Ashville, Tenor Sax
Nick Dunn of Steele, Bb Clarinet
Daniel George of Ashville, Percussion
Jonathan Hartness of Moody, Trombone
Isaiah Herring of Ashvile, Bb Clarinet
Bronson Layton of Ragland, Baritone/Euphonium
Noah Miller of Odenville, Trumpet
Megan O'Barr of Odenville, Bb Clarinet
Cory O’Neal of Pell City, Front Ensemble
Nate Partridge of Pell City, Percussion
Chloe Perkins of Ashville, Trombone
Nicholas Robinson of Pell City, Tenor Sax
Logan Seales of Springville, Bari Sax
Chase Spears of Pell city, Mellophone
Brendan Tucker of Springville, Baritone/Euphonium
Brandon Vaughn of Springville, Alto Sax
Jace Vaughn of Ashville, Percussion
Maggie Walker of Springville, Flute
Madison Wisner of Odenville, Ballerinas
This year's halftime show is "Earth, Wind and Fire," inspired by the elements of nature and creation. In addition to the hits of the R&B group of the same name, "In the Stone" and "September," selections include "Let There be Peace on Earth," "Earth for Flute and Piano," "Windsprints," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Metropolis 1927," and an original composition entitled "The Day of Wrath" that incorporates the requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Berlioz.
The Southerners will perform numerous half-time shows and exhibitions this fall. One of the biggest performances will be an exhibition at Bands of America's 2019 Grand National Championship on Nov. 14-16 in Indiana. Only the finest collegiate marching bands in the nation are invited to perform before 90,000 spectators at the national competition of some of America's most outstanding high school marching bands.
Check out the Southerners' full performance schedule and listen to clips of the show at www.marchingsoutherners.org.