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!©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. News- Thursday, November 25, 1976 Page 7 ~i * 17¸ Rated Wildcat Marehintl Band ?ii PRETTY DESPITE THE RAIN AND THE MUD, is r~ajorette, Anne Mills. Although the majorettes did not a separate rating this contest, they have been rated a number of other contest and most certainly would have ;prize from any judge for their fine performance on Saturday. left, is Tammy Walker• ADAMS ENJOYS A GAME of Putt-Putt Golf on night during the band's free time before lights out. The :to the Jolly Inn, where the band stayed and offered lots of fun for everyone. .˘ Chaperones To Chaperone The Chaperones??? by Liz Bates let us go back to Florida with "We have here a kind of them. unique situation," the annou- They had driven up and ncer said over the loud speaker parked just as their band was at the Southern Open marching onto the field and in Marching Festival, "two ofthe their rush to get into the chaperones from Florala are stadium, they had left the car lost." unlocked. "Will all the chaperonesWell, after a long day, we from Florala please report to took the band to Wendy's the bus?" Hamburgers for supper and I would not for one moment somehow on the way back, Mr. want anyone to think that their Harrison, driving the motor band members were not well home with four of the taken care of on the weekend chaperones, failed to make the trip to Valdosta. But for some right turn and we took a scenic reason, the chaperones kept tour of Vaidosta. Finally, with getting lost. a little help from the old C.B. The two chaperones whichradio, we made it back to th6~ the announcer called for were stadium for the rest of the across the street from the competition. stadium where the competition Finally, it was about was being held in a shopping midnight and we were ready to mall buying an umbrella,head home. The whole caravan Believe me, in Valdosta in the was ready to leave for Florala. rain, everybody needed an We left following the Trail- umbrella, ways Bus. Following the motor Well, while they were home was a truck loaded with announcing for the two instruments and band mem- chaperones, Helen Robbins bers and following them was and Iwere waiting, in the rain, the McDaniel's Versa-Van beside the Wayland Hat- filled with band members. rison's motor home for Somehow thelast part of the everyone to come back to go to caravan, the motor home, the restaurant for dinner, truck and van, got separated Well, we saw a car with the from the bus and once again, doors unlocked, so we decided we toured Valdosta. It took a that no one would get mad at little time, but finally with the us for borrowing their car to sit aide of the C.B. radio, the in for a few minutes while we Valdosta police and some waited on our group, friends, we were all united Well, when the couple who again and got home without owned the car walked up, the further incident. lady was scared to death. I Well, that just goes to show guess she thought we were you, the band has to have going to kidnap them or some chaperones along on all something. After we explained their trips so they will have that we were just ffaiting, they someone to look after. were very nice and offered to THESE FHS BAND MEMBERS WERE bright-eyed and ready to go at 10 a.m. on Friday morning when the band boarded their bus for Valdosta. It was another story, however, when the band finally made it home on Sunday morning at S a.m. ARE THESE THE NEW UNIFORMS FOR THE FLORALA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND? Well, not exactly. Band students purchased these army surplus rain suits so that they could attend the rest of the marching contest on Saturday and keep dry. They did, however, draw some attention from others in the crowd. At the end of the row, Band Director Andy Alsup makes sure he is dry, with his rain suit and his umbrella. Members of the Florlala High School Marching Ban6 left at 10 a.m. Friday morning for the Southern Open Marching Festival in Valdosta, Georgia. The band traveled via Trailways Bus, driven by David Jernigan and on a truck, a van and a motor home. Students piled their gear into the bus and loaded instru- ments into the truck. The youngest members of the band had to make the biggest sacrifice since there were not enough seats on the bus for everyone, they had to ride in the truck with Mr. Donald Jackson and on the van with Mr. Vernon Robbins. Two of the chaperones, Mrs. Evelyn Anthony and Mrs. Dorothy DeVaughn, along with Band Director, Andy Alsup, were brave enough to ride on the bus with the students. The rest of the chaperones, along with reporter Liz Bates, rode in the comfort of Wayland Harrison's motor home. They were Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Ewin Moody and Mrs. Helen Robbins. After a ride of about two and a half hours, the caravan stopped for a picnic lunch at a roadside park. Then it was back on the road again. The band arrived in Valdosta at approximately 4 p.m. and went on to a practice field to get in a little practice before the next day's performance. They then returned to the motel, where they checked into their rooms and changed clothes for supper. A very attractice group of young men and ladies, along with the chaperones, then went to Davis Brothers Cafeteria, located just across from the motel, for a delicious meal, compliments of the Florala Band Booster's Club. After supper, the band enjoyed free time. Most of the members chose to go to a Putt-Putt Golf Course, located adjacent to the motel for a game or two of golf. The free time was followed by a devotional and everyone was sent off to their rooms to prepare for bedtime. After a moderate amount of confusion, everyone was in their rooms and the chap- erones held bed check and accounted for all the students. Bright and early the next morning at 5:30 a.m., band members were up and dressed for breakfast. After breakfast, everyone returned to the motel to load the bus and prepare for their trip to the stadium, where the First Southern Open Marching Festival was being held. The band arrived at the stadium shortly before time to go on the field. At l0 a.m., in the drizzling rain on a very muddy field, the Florala High School Marching Wildcat Band marched onto the field. They performed a beautiful show, despite ter- rible conditions and all the chaperones were pleased as could be with them. Yet the band members themselves did not seem satisfied. They each worried about a possible mistake they had made and talked them- ~ves into believing they ~ght get an excellent or maybe a good, instead of a superior. After marching, and some discussion of what to do next, the band reloaded the bus and returned to Davis Brothers Cafeteria, where they enjoyed another hot meal, compli- ments of the Band Boosters. Since it was still raining, the manager at Davis Brothers was nice enough to allow the band to stay in the restaurant for a couple of hours while some of the chaperones went to an Army Surplus Store and purchased rain gear for all the band members. Then, dressed like members of the Florala National Guard in the rain, the band returned to the stadium, where they watched the final laours of the competition. Dressed in those drab olive rain suits, the band drew quite a bit of attention from others in the crowd. They enjoyed the shows of: the larger bands that after, noon, including the Enterprise Wildcat Band, under the direction of FHS graduate and former Band Director, Tom Maddox. Following the competition, the awards were made. The hours of hard work and the results of that morning's performance were about to be told. Florala Wildcat Band SENIOR BAND MEMBERS display their superior trophies won at the Southern Open Marching Contest on November 20. The band was rated superior for their performance, the Color Guard for their performance and Drum Major Willie Sasser for his performance. Senior Band members are (front, from left) Sissie Savage, Anne Mills, Barbara Wilkins and Denise Dawson. On the back row, are Naretha Whitley, Roland Cornelius, Harold Parker and Band Director Andy Alsup. ! THE FLORALA WILDCAT COLOR GUARD proudly displays their trophy tloey received at the Southern Open Marching Contest on Saturday, November 20, in Valdosta. They received a superior rating along With the rest of the band at the contest. Members of the Color Guard, with Band Director Andy Alsup, are (around the circle, from left) Denise Dawson, Laura Powers, Barbara Wilkins, Renee Jackson, Annette DeVaughn, Gall Bedsole, Wanita Dawson, Dale Parker and Angela Anthony. Superior, Superior, Superior, with a score of 74.5. Best of Class C School Band -- Florala High School, Florala, Alabama. There is no way to describe the joy of all the band, chaperones, and everyone else associated with the band when that announcement was made. Florala's Wildcat Marching Band had won the highest honor the festival offered for them. They received the highest ratings and won over three other bands in their class. Following this announ- cement, it was supper at Wendy's Hamburgers, and back to the stadium for the .... finale of the day's events. The top live bands from the Class A Division, the largest of the bands, performed again for the first place trophy and the famed "Sound of the South" from Troy-State University i¸ ~i~!?~ ~i~ ~ i :~ ,:,~, ~ ....... iililiI¸~¸~¸¸¸ ~l ! ~i i~¸ gave an exhibition. .... theFinallY'band leftab°Utvaldosta12 midnight,for the i,: trip home and arrived at 5 a.m. A very tired, but proud and Willie Sauer, Drum Major, Holds Trophy happy hunch. W, ldeat" ., , l LEIGH PETERS AND ROB SPICER perform their duet to If' as __.~.....-.._ the finale to the Wildcat Band's performance on Saturday at The ellff Iffl~- g g~l˘l[i r$ , I. Southern Open Band Contest. They are flanked by members of the | Wildcat Color Guard, who along with the band received a superior L ___ __------r-=--:--:----:------ --: ~ rating.