Band prepares for 'Greatest Show'

Every fall the eyes of Lumpkin County turn to Cottrell Field for Friday night football under the lights. 

However, the players on the gridiron are not the only ones preparing for the upcoming season as Lumpkin County’s Band of Gold is hard at work for the 2018 campaign.

“The kids always work hard. That’s who we are,” said band director Andrew Harwood. “They wouldn’t be in the band if they weren’t dedicated to what we do.”

Color guard and percussion members had already began practicing at Lumpkin County High School while the rest of the band later joined forces to start preparing for the new season together as the complete Band of Gold. 

Under the leadership of Theresa Roy, members of the color guard squad are hard at work to complete a flawless performance giving fans the best possible experience throughout the game and during the halftime show. 

Students practice working together as one unit to consistently be able to throw and catch flags on command. 

In every band, there is a percussion line to bring energy to the fans in the stadium and the players on the field. Dr. Joe Covert has been diligently practicing with this year’s percussion players to provide rhythm for the rest of the band to play together and in tune. 

Members of percussion are working together to give tempo and flow to benefit other band members and the fans of Lumpkin County.

Although the previous week has only been members of percussion and color guard, the rest of the Band of Gold once again became one this Monday for band camp as Harwood and company once again prepare to give Lumpkin County supporters the best possible Friday night experience.

Within the music heard every Friday night there is one central theme behind the song choices for the students. 

This year the theme will be The Greatest Showman, inspired by the 2017 film featuring Hugh Jackman.

The long and strenuous process of learning to play new music with numerous other students provides its own unique set of challenges. 

However, the hard work put in by the band members teaches life lessons and prepares students for life after high school.

“Being a member of the band instills a work ethic, service to others and being a member of a team,” Harwood said. “That will help them be successful in whatever they choose to do.”

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