They play "Hold That Tiger" and "Eye of the Tiger" because they are the Marching Tiger Band, but if you ask nicely, they might even snap off a few measures of "Rocky Top," even here in Ringgold, Georgia.
It is an exciting group of students, numbering about 165, that you will see dressed in blue, black, and white. Director Robin Christian says he enjoys the group, especially because they have a great bunch of student leaders, which is a key component of making good band excellent. And he should know; he has been at the helm of the Ringgold band program for 28 years!
The Marching Tigers are receiving high praise for this year's halftime show. Entitled "Flying Tigers," it is a tribute to the servicemen and women of World War II. Some of the props are recreations of recruitment posters of the era, and the third movement of the show features the R&R side of service, represented in song by "Chattanooga Choo-choo."
Ringgold has already won two competitions this year, and at this point in the season, are nearly ready to switch their focus to many other activities. Yes, concert season for these musicians is still a big deal! If you would like to help the program out, get in touch with Mr. Christian through the band website: www.ringgoldband.org
For us, they generously played "Land of a Thousand Dances" from the stands. It is a song that was popular probably 40 years before they were born, but is still a crowd-rocking favorite for all generations. Our thanks to the Ringgold High School Marching Tiger band, your Friday Night Football Band of the Week.