Band night a 20-year tradition

awoolen@macon.comOctober 30, 2013 

Houston County High School’s marching band lined up as an airplane with propellers during its set at Houston County Band Night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.


WARNER ROBINS -- The parking lot at McConnell-Talbert Stadium looked like a rivalry match with cars parked across the street at Warner Robins High School and C.B. Watson Primary School.

The crowd for the 20th annual Houston County Band Night on Oct. 22 packed the home side seats, and parents with cameras and smart phones made videos and pictures of their children’s night.

All five high schools from Houston County played their halftime shows, as well as performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the eight middle school bands.

The show started in the 1990s as a way for band parents to be able to see their children play their halftime shows. Parents usually work concessions during the game.

The Houston County High School band has about 200 members.

The band played six songs about flight. One included the band shaped as an airplane, complete with propellers.

“We have a couple of ‘oh my’ moments,” Houston County High School band director Wally Shaw said.

The Warner Robins High School band performed songs from the movie “Rocky” with their color guard duking it out on the field.

Drum major Lauren Rossman, a senior who started band in sixth grade, was a bit emotional before the performance, knowing it was one of the last times she would be on the field with her fellow band members.

“Let’s live in the moment. This is it,” Rossman recalled telling them.

Her group of 86 students has been practicing since July to get ready for marching band season.

“I have to give a lot of my students credit because it’s really not that easy,” Rossman said of the performances and the grueling practices in the heat before school even starts.

Northside High School celebrated its 50th year, while Veterans High School performed patriotic songs complete with a replica Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Perry High School closed the night by firing off mock cannons to end its show.

Most of the bands close out their marching performances this week and start to focus on ensembles.

Shaw estimated more than 1,000 children participated in band night this year.

The number of people who attended the show caught his attention.

“Wow, what a crowd,” he said.

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