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Getting in step
by Chuck Thompson
Aug 01, 2013 | 1457 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Band members practice formations and maneuvers without their instruments first, then add them and begin playing as they lock in their new routine for the coming season.
Band members practice formations and maneuvers without their instruments first, then add them and begin playing as they lock in their new routine for the coming season.
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The football, softball and cross country athletes haven’t been the only Greyhounds working in the summer heat to get ready for the 2013-14 school year.

About 120 members of the Jones County High School marching band and its auxiliary groups and behind the scenes supporters have been sweating through two weeks of band camp to put in their new routine for the coming football season and competition schedule. The camp finished with a sneak preview performance for the band members’ parents last Saturday morning.

“This is the most ambitious program we’ve tried, but it’s come along great,” said band director Corey Tanner, who is beginning his fourth year at Jones County.

“We’ve got a great bunch of kids. They’re all mine now, since this is my fourth year here. They’ve all bought into what we’re trying to do and have really worked hard. They’re all smart, they listen and retain, so hopefully we’ll do well in our competitions this year.”

Those not connected with the band may think the members only work to perform at halftime of the football games, but that is really just practice and fun getting ready for the band competitions that the group participates in during the fall.

“Once school starts, we practice three days a week, perform our pregame and halftime shows at the football games, and then head out early Saturday morning for competitions,” Tanner said. “Fall semester is a really busy time for the band.”

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