We caught up with the Rhea County High School Marching Band at the end of the regular season. They were playing on the road at East Hamilton, and Band Director Brad Denton, fellow alumni of the University of Tennessee and the Pride of the Southland Band, immediately informed, "You're looking at the 1-bus pep band!" We will call them the Rhea County All-Stars.
Knowing the Golden Eagles would likely make a deep run into the playoffs, Mr. Denton brought only a quarter of his 130 member group, just about all who, packing instruments, could ride comfortably on one school bus. And what a great sound this group of students had and will have into next year, as well. With only 9 seniors among them, Denton says the band is in building mode with 70% freshman and sophomore members.
By this point, they have completed all of their marching contests with an amazing show featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Keeping their marching music sharp for the end of the football season, they have already dipped into concert pieces and are tuning up for their Christmas concert, as well. This time of year, it is good that a band can multitask!
In the spring, the group plans to travel from Evensville, Tennessee, to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for fun, yes, but also to work. Mr. Denton tells us one of the Disney directors will work with the band as they workshop Disney music and then put tracks down in the recording studio. The fruit and fudge fund-raiser just ended, but if you would like to help them travel, find information on future fund-raisers and contact points on the band website: here.
Outstanding year for the Rhea County High School Marching Band! We thank the All-Stars (1 Bus Pep Band) and the entire group. Have a listen to them, they are our Friday Night Football Band of the Week!