Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A sight for sore eyes and a treat for your ears

Turn up your sound and watch the JSU (Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama) Marching Southerners Band’s halftime show at the first home football game of the season, September 7, 2013 (8:41).

This band has everything -- precision marching, twirling tossed rifles, waving flags, awesome drumline, high-kicking ballerinas, and a wall of sound from its 400 members.

Two of my children marched in this band during their college years and graduated from this school. The current director was my son’s roommate and once played Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata on my piano.

And no, I am not biased in the least. Why do you ask?


  1. Clearly standards of education are higher in Alabama than in Georgia. Do they offer academic degrees in "Marching Band Performance and Technology"? The participants must spend so much time practising, there can be little time left for anything else.

  2. We had a US high school marching band come to our school last year on tour. It was a real spectacle to see. Wish I could remember where they were from.

  3. Well. I can honestly say that was quite something else. We have nothing to compare at any sporting events, bar say the Olympics, which is a different kettle of bananas. And it knocks spots off the Trooping of the colour, which is all dull and dreary. This is peppy and quite giddy at times, I like it, it sounds like a festival, makes me want to dance.And the highkicking girls in a row made me laugh too. Great stuff. Much better than sport actually *laughs