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November 17, 2005

Bainbridge, Georgia-- The Bainbridge High School Band will be one of the stars of a big performance in Philadelphia next week.

"We are practicing for the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade," says Senior, Dia Lane.

"Winter Wonderland" is the band's tune of choice for the two and a half mile parade. Director, Paschal Ward, says the band has been practicing for about a year. "It's based on reputation to a large degree. You do apply," says Ward.

It's easy to see, or hear rather, why the band was chosen, for a second time in fact. It's so good, it's one of only 14 bands nationwide to attend. "Our marching band encompasses about 260 members. Out of that, 240 are actually going to make the trip," says Ward.

Each of those members participated in fund raisers to come up with the almost $300,000 needed to go. That's money well spent to show off South Georgia.

"I'm so proud of them now, I could not go and not worry about them," says Ward. "I am very honored to be a part of this band. This band is, it's really the pride of Decatur County," adds Senior, Zach Powell. "It feels great. I'm very excited," says Lane. Just as much as when the band attended the Macy's Day Parade three times.

Ward has been the band's director for 21 years. It only had about 45 members when he started. Now, the band averages more than 200 members annually.

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