‘Pride of the South’ is ready to rock

By Michelle Mann mmann@southeastsun.com

‘Pride of the South’ is ready to rock
Nichols said the award winning “Pride of the South” has been practicing from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. “They are working hard,” he said Thursday morning. “I especially admire their determination during all this heat.”Nichols, entering his 12th year at DHS, credited assistant director Stephanie Robertson and the band section leaders for the success of this year’s camp. “They are an ideal group for building a great, successful band,” he said. “The parents are great supporters out here too, providing popsicles, watermelons and meals for the camp staff.”The field show this year features the Funk style of music, Nichols said, citing songs that include “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That,” “You’re Still a Young Man,” by Tower of Power and “Superstition.”DHS Drum Major Sasha Godfrey, a rising senior, has been in band since sixth grade. Trumpet is her instrument but this year she assumes the drum major leadership role. “We have a well disciplined band,” she said as she surveyed the group on the field. “They’re happy to be here, excited to learn and excited to be the best they can be as a band.“And we’re all very excited about the show,” she added.First year band member Petra Beaver agreed. The rising eighth grader plays the clarinet. “My feet hurt all the time because we’re out here from 7 in the morning until 9 at night,” she said. “But, I knew to expect this,” she added with a smile.“The ‘Pride of the South” consistently earns superior ratings and Best in Class awards in competitions all over the Southeast,” Nichols said. Their first performance of the season is at Daleville’s first home football game on Friday, Aug. 28.
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