Double duty

Published 12:08 am Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Andalusia High School football fans may have noticed that one of the flute players in the halftime show wears a unique outfit — a cheerleading uniform rather than a band one.

AHS sophomore Devin Williamson plays dual roles as both a varsity cheerleader and marching band member during football games every Friday night.

Every home or away game, Williamson is pulling double duty while out on the football field.

Williamson said it all started when she tried out to play the flute.

“Actually, I blew into the flute and the arts person told me that I needed to try the clarinet,” Williamson said. “Then, I really wanted to play the flute because my mom played it. I play the piccolo, also.”

Williamson said she uses time management to balance her roles.

“I go to band practice in the afternoons and I practice cheerleading at fourth block,” she said. “I march during halftime in the band and I do cheerleading on the sidelines.”

Williamson added that music is “something that I like to do.”

“The reason I like being in the band is because there are a lot of people you get to know that can be your friends,” she said. “Pretty much, we’re all a big family.”

Williamson plans to attend the University of Alabama in two years and hopes to be a part of the marching band. She plans to study “anything having to do with animals.”

She is the daughter of Alan and Paula Williamson of Andalusia.