CHICKAMAUGA, GA (WRCB) -
We caught up with the guys and gals from the Chattooga High School Marching Band when they were visited Gordon Lee. From the moment the Channel 3 camera was spotted, trumpet player Seth began shouting, "Paul Barys is my hero!" For that, we let Seth introduce his group for our Band of the Week segment!
This is Director Gene Greer's first year leading the band, but as a CHS graduate, himself, he is very familiar with the program. Even still, he tells us he is very happy to have great officers. He believes in student leadership and says he put them on the spot when he stepped in. After 30 years away, he depended on them to teach him he ropes, and help him learn names and traditions and they delivered.
It is an exciting time in Summerville as CHS moves into a new building next year. Greer said he got in too late to impact the design of the band room, but was able to have input on the decor. More importantly, though, the program is growing. A small band for the last few years, the group is marching 64 students this year and there are some exciting opportunities for the future.
Fund raisers keep that momentum rolling forward and the band just happens to be in the midst of its annual fruit sale. If you would like to order, or you would simply like to support the CHS Marching Band, call the high school and ask for Mr. Greer. Sale goes into November with deliveries in December.
Mr. Greer calls himself 'old school,' so this years halftime show is a bit of a throw-back, musically speaking, featuring songs of The Jackson 5. Called "An American Experience," you will hear: I Want You Back, ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye, and I'll Be There.
The band marched a band competition in Waycross in South Georgia, last weekend and are headed to the Peach State Marching Festival & Competition in Rome, tomorrow. They attend all the home and away football games...well, all save one. Mr. Greer says one opponent's town had a noise ordinance. So, to avoid being out of compliance, the band skipped the game. Instead, they went to a local nursing home in Summerville and put together an impromptu parade for the residents. Not a bad way to spend a Friday evening, sharing the joy of music!
Greer thanks his supportive Principal and Superintendent and a great group of band parents and boosters for a wonderful year. And we thank the students of the Chattooga High School Marching Band for being our Friday Night Football Band of the Week!