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Listen to them, the children of the night.

POSTED: October 19, 2013 2:00 p.m.

What music they make!

No, I am not referring to Dracula’s pet bats, although I am proud of any of you who caught my incredibly obvious reference to 1931 horror classic "Dracula."

Which reminds me, Happy Halloween! It is upon us, and you should probably watch "Dracula" for Halloween, but not the remake with Keanu Reeves. If two words should signal more of a warning to you than "remake" and "Keanu Reeves," I am not aware of them.

But anyway, I have digressed rather distantly. Back to my point.

Do you know what some of my favorite traditions are at UGA football games, of which I have attended many? My favorite is easily the trumpet soloist in the corner of Sanford Stadium, as the honored trumpeteer blasts out the first notes of the hallowed Battle Hymn.

A close second might be the alma mater.

What do these two traditions have in common? They include the unsung heroes of high school football, the band.

I witnessed something pretty cool Friday night at the Winder-Barrow game. After the final whistle had blown, and the fans were leaving the stadium, Coach Wagner had his team kneel and listen to the band play out it’s final song.

My dad used to play trumpet when he was in high school. He was a Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane, and the team would always walk over to the band, remove their helmets and hold them up to honor the band for their contribution to the evening.

I love these traditions. The band provides an atmosphere that you can’t get with piped in stadium music.

They provide something else that recordings can’t, and that’s people. Anytime we can honor people for their contributions, we’re doing the right thing.

So here’s to you, band members, for everything you do to make the high school football atmosphere as special as it is.

There is nothing like a Friday night in Georgia when football is on the field, and the band is a bigger part of that than most eople will ever understand.

Keep on honoring your classmates, football teams. Keep on honoring your children and your neighbor’s children.

And marching bands. Keep on honoring us, the fans, by playing your music loud and proud, and keep honoring your school by the awesome way you do the things you do.



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