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Band prepares for first performances of season
Shows include songs by Beatles, Bon Jovi; Hawaii trip planned

The Thomson High Bulldog Brigade is ready to start the football season.

Marching band and auxiliary members spent the week before the first day of school in a day camp in the yard around the band room.

Band Director Jesse Morlan said they learned new routines for competitions.

As it turns out, the halftime shows serve as sort of a practice for the competitions.

The first routine the band learned during camp, which they will perform at their first home game, is a Beatles Love Show, which includes Drive My Car, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

"That's what we're starting off with, and the kids have been working really hard, doing a wonderful job. This is one of the best-disciplined groups we've ever had," Mr. Morlan said.

The next routine they are working on is a Rock Heroes show, which includes Jimmy Hendrix's Purple Haze, Bon Jonvi's Wanted Dead or Alive, and Aerosmith's Walk This Way.

The 2009-10 Bulldog Brigade has approximately 250 members in grades nine through 12, according to Mr. Morlan, and approximately 120 of those will be marching.

Many band members have conflicting schedules with their other extra-curricular activities because they also are football or softball players, cheerleaders or in JROTC.

"They just don't march, but they can still be in the band," Mr. Morlan said.

In addition to the marching band, Thomson High has a concert band, guitar group, jazz band and percussion band.

The band directors are Mr. Morlan, Emme Hines and Trent Henderson. Adjunct leaders are Becky Morlan, Richard Williams, Niaya Burnley and Matt Shelton.

Band auxiliary teams include dance, flag and baton.

The band will return to Hawaii this year to play at the USS Missouri during a tribute concert in December.

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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