Welcome Southerners!

Greetings from Dr. B

Hello Southerners!

I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am about this coming fall with the JSU Marching Southerners! This is going to be an exceptionally special year for The Marching Southerners. Not only will the band be celebrating its 60th anniversary, but The Southerners will be making a historic trip to Hawaii to play for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s going to be an unforgettable year!

The preparations for “Heroes Lost & Fallen” are going great. I think that you guys are going to love performing this show. If any of you have young brothers and sisters (6 to 10 years old) that would like to be a performer in the show this fall, please attend the meeting that I will hold during band camp to give you all of the details.

I offer a sincere welcome to everyone that will be joining The Marching Southerners for the first time. You are about to embark on a life-changing experience! You will find Southerners band camp to be one of the most enjoyable band camps you have ever experienced. The atmosphere is very positive and we accomplish a great deal every day.

As you prepare for camp, try to eat as healthy as possible and stay in good physical shape over the summer months.

Please try to memorize as much music as possible before camp (especially the pre-game music). You can download all of the stand music by clicking here.

Everyone (including vets) MUST attend band camp if you plan to audition for The Marching Southerners. We will be using the registration numbers as a guide for how many spots we should include in the drill. If you plan to attend band camp and want to audition for a position with The Southerners, you must register online before July 1, 2016. Any student registering after July 1 will be given the lowest priority when considering people for positions. You can register for camp online by clicking here.

Please read the “Things to Know” section of this newsletter for information on camp dates, schedules, housing, fees, meals, etc.

Last but not least, if you are marching with a drum corps this summer, you must arrive at camp by the 6pm rehearsal on Tuesday, August 16. (Section leaders who are marching should be present at camp on Sunday if possible, and definitely no later than Monday morning.)

Have a safe and fun summer! I look forward to seeing everyone in August!

Blow Southerners!
Dr. B

p.s. Make sure you complete and submit the online band camp registration form today!

From the Colorguard Coordinator - Mr. Rodney Bailey

Hello everyone! Once again, it is time to dust off our flags, rifles, and sabres and start getting ready for another groundbreaking season! We are very excited about the 2016 edition of the Marching Southerners Colorguard! The flags and uniforms have already been designed and we are now in the final stages of mapping out the visual program. The only thing missing is YOU!

We will have auditions for the 2016 JSU Marching Southerners Colorguard on May 13-14 on our campus. Detailed information about our camp, as well as directions to JSU can be found on the colorguard audition website. Also, if you are an incoming freshman and are selected for the guard, you might want to sign up for an early orientation. That way, the chances of you getting your first choice of classes are greater.

If you have any questions about orientation or any colorguard-related material, please feel free to contact me at or visit the JSU Colorguard website.

From the Drum Majors

Hello Southerners!

The drum majors and section leaders would like to welcome everyone to our upcoming 60th Anniversary season. We have an incredibly exciting year ahead of us, and we hope you are just as ready to get started as we are.

This year’s show is a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago, and a salute to our own fallen heroes, Dr. John T. Finley and Dr. David L. Walters, who passed away in 2015. We look forward to using our talents to honor these men and women as we march in exhibitions and halftime shows throughout the season, not to mention on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri at the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii!

This is bound to be an exciting and exhilarating season. We will have the opportunity to touch the hearts of the thousands of students, parents, and alumni who will see the Southerners in action this fall. This is sure to be a year to remember!


Band Camp Dates:
Rookies - Aug. 12
Vets - Aug. 14

If you have any questions or concerns about the Marching Southerners, please check out the Southerners website (, or contact any one of us:

Your Drum Majors,
Daniel O’Donnell -
Andrew Record -
Alana Ivey -
Koree Martin -

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