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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

THS Band at the '07 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee

The Talladega High School Band traveled to Memphis during the Christmas break to participate in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl festivities.

While there, the band competed with other high school bands and was awarded the following prizes from Bowl Games of America (BGA): 2nd place field show band, 3rd place parade band, 1st place field show auxiliary (Dega Darlins), and 1st place parade general effect (coordination of music and visual).

The THS band joined with bands from Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, and West Virginia for a massed band performance during the halftime of the Liberty Bowl which also featured recording artist Taylor Hicks. Band Directors David McDaniel and Danielle Todd approached Mr. Hick’s handlers and arranged for the artist to meet with Talladega High band students (pic below).

The students also toured the National Civil Rights Museum (formerly the Lorraine Hotel, site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination), ate (and gave a empromptu performance!) at the Hard Rock Cafe, attended the Liberty Bowl Rodeo, participated in 5-hours of massed band rehearsals, performed in the Liberty Bowl parade down Beale Street, attended the BGA awards dinner/dance with other represented high school band members, froze during the Liberty Bowl game with Mississippi State vs. Central Florida, danced again during a dinner cruise down the Mississippi River, and toured Elvis' home at Graceland.

Congratulations to the directors, members, and parents of the Talladega High School Band for representing the Talladega City Schools in such a positive manner.


At 11:06 AM, Blogger Pattie Thomas said...

YOU are to be commented for making this trip possible. It was wonderful to open the Daily Home today and see our THS band on the headlines!
Congratulations on representing the district with style and grace.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Dr. Frank Buck said...

Congratulations, Band!!!
For many of the thousands of people at the bowl game, the parade, and the field show, the only impression they had of our school system and our city is the one you gave them. Thanks for representing us all so well.


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