Strike up the bands

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 28, 2010

No Friday night football game would be complete without the sounds of a high school marching band.

Halftime shows are one of the highlights of the night’s events, as student musicians create dynamic presentations and wow audiences with their musical abilities.

A Sound Tradition – Andalusia High

This year at Andalusia, band director Bennie Shellhouse said game goers will be amazed at the show selection, which includes everything from modern pop such as the Fall Out Boys “Thanks for the Memories,” to favorites from decades past.

Also, there are plans underway to bring back AHS band alumni to perform at a homecoming tribute to the late Jim Nettles.

Clark Wilson, Class of 1971, and Shellhouse are organizing the effort for the alumni band to play a number of tunes during the game’s halftime show at homecoming on Oct. 1.

Practice will be held Thurs., Sept. 30. No specific time has been set as of yet.

To participate, call Wilson at 417-849-1450.

The Sound of Gold – Straughn High

At Straughn, band director Wade Caudle said students practiced throughout the summer.

This year’s SHS halftime show will center around “Summer Celebration,” and feature selections such as “School’s Out,” “Shake Senora,” “Summertime” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”

Touch of Class- Red Level High

Under the tutelage of band director Jack Hall, Red Level Tiger fans will be entertained with three selections at the beginning of the season – “Fire Dance,” “Great Balls of Fire” and the school’s fight song.

The plan is to add more song selections as the season progresses.

Florala Wildcat fans will be tapping their toes to Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” followed by “TSOP” or “The Sound of Philadelphia.” This year’s percussion feature is called “Slapp Happy,” and band members will close with “Desperado.”

Band director Terry Spader said students chose “Through the years” as this year’s show theme.