Welcome Southerners!

Greetings from Dr. B

Hello Southerners!

The fall of 2015 promises to be another wonderful year for the JSU Marching Southerners! We will have a brand new look as we unveil the beautiful new uniforms and usher in a new era for JSU with a new president and new athletic director. Our 2015 production, “CELEBRATION,” will be very fitting as we “celebrate” the culmination of new beginnings and historic traditions!

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 that you have ever experienced. The atmosphere is very positive and a lot is accomplished everyday. As you prepare for camp, try to eat healthy 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 for 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, 2015. 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.

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

Blow Southerners!

Dr. B

p.s. Make sure that 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 2015 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 2015 JSU Marching Southerners Colorguard on May 15-16 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 rbailey814@gmail.com or visit the JSU Colorguard website.

From the Drum Majors

Hello Southerners!

The drum majors as well as the section leaders would like to welcome everyone to our upcoming 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 celebration of Jacksonville State University. It will pay respect to many of the iconic people who have made JSU what it is today. In addition to honoring those who have shaped Jacksonville State and the Marching Southerners, the show will also have an unforgettable opening as we debut our brand new uniforms. We look forward to flaunting these as we march in exhibitions as well as in halftime shows throughout the season.

The halftime performance many of us are most looking forward to is our second scheduled away game. On Sept. 12, our JSU Gamecocks will take on the Auburn Tigers. This is bound to be an exciting game and an even more exhilarating performance as we march for what will be our biggest audience of the year. 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 season. 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 (www.marchingsoutherners.org), or contact any one of us:

Your Drum Majors,
Joie Byrd joiebyrd3@msn.com
Daniel O’Donnell dodonnell1@jsu.edu
Nick Doyle doylenicholas14@gmail.com

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