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January 25, 2005

Thomasville- The bands are featured in a new national advertising campaign for Flowers Bakeries. It's called "Dueling Bands". The spot began airing yesterday, but the big news is that it will also play during the Super-Bowl.

Discipline and uniformity. That's what helped the marching bands at Thomasville High School and Thomas County Central High come together as one to their claim to fame on national television. "You're doing thirty seconds but it takes hours to do it." says Central Senior Kristy Smith.

About 300 students endured the chilly weather for about 12-hours during the Flowers Bakeries' commercial shoot in December."How often do you get a chance to shoot a national commercial? Everyone was like, who cares it's cold? Who cares?", says Thomasville 10th Grader Samone Smith.

They had to play the same beats and practice the same tricks over and over again during the shoot at Thomas County football stadium. But in the end. It paid off for both the students, and their band directors. "This'll be my 30-th year to teach and I haven't had anything quite this big happen." says Central Band Director Michial Mayhall. "It feels wonderful. It's beyond my wildest dreams" adds Thomasville Band Director Stanley T. Norton.

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