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Wildcats band begin practice

February 20, 2005

Albany- From the uptempo songs to the slow, some local band members have it covered and they say they're ready for the big game. "We pretty much have everybody in attendance and it's pretty exciting and it's going pretty well," says Marching Band General Mangager Christopher Pike.

Beginning in April, Albany will see a brand new arena football team, the South Georgia Wildcats and alongside them will be a brand new marching band. This is the first and only. "I think it's awesome that I'm participating in the first band of the wildcats and the only one in South Georgia," says Lee County High student Allison Conlan. "It feels good. I'm enjoying it so far, loving everything that we're playing so far," says Dougherty High student Roderick Hubbard.

They're all South Georgia residents. High school and college students, even retired people have joined together to add new dimension to the game. "We're there to help support them, get more fans coming in involved with the band maybe have some band boosters, and we can help the community," says Albany State student Dedra Mack.

And they've got every section covered from full brass and woodwind to most importantly, "the drumline is the heart of the band it keeps the beat, keeps the tempo," says Mack. And the band hopes to be the beat of the football team, setting the pace and adding tempo for every score.

"Everybody with the team has been very receptive and we're just eager for the first game to come around so we can show off what we've been practicing for," says Pike. "We're gonna be ready on April 9th!"

posted by len.kiese@walb.com


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