Straughn, Florala bands to participate in Troy band day Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Florala band members will be among the bands that take the field Saturday night at the annual band day at Troy University. | Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

Two local high schools will join the Troy University Sound of the South Marching band on field at halftime of the university’s home game against Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday.

Florala High School and Straughn High School’s bands will join more than 2,000 middle school and high school band members representing 40 schools from three states at the annual band day.

The annual event, which began in 1998, provides high school band students the opportunity to experience performing at the collegiate level.

“The response from band members and their parents has always been very positive to this event,” said Dr. Adam Blackstock, assistant director at band for the Sound of the South. “These high school band members have an opportunity to visit the Troy Campus, talk with students here and learn more about our school of music. They also have the opportunity to perform as part of a college halftime show. It is a wonderful experience for the students and a great recruiting tool for the university.”

Participating bands will arrive at the university Saturday morning for rehearsal with the Sound of the South.

The bands will line up beginning at 3:20 p.m. for the parade up University Avenue and take part in the football team’s Trojan Walk, which is set for 3:45 p.m.

Kickoff is at 6 p.m.