2016 JSU Marching Southerners Production

Heroes: Lost and Fallen

“HEROES: Lost & Fallen”

Albert Pine wrote, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains…and is immortal.” A hero is, perhaps, best defined as someone who has given his or her life for something greater than the self. We all have heroes: those whose very lives stand as sacrifices for something that will live well beyond their years. They move us. They inspire us. And we are eternally grateful.

With this inspiration, the Marching Southerners present their 2016 production, Heroes: Lost and Fallen. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, we honor those who have given their lives for our freedom. And on this 60th anniversary of our beloved band program, the Marching Southerners honor our founding fathers, Dr. John T. Finley and Dr. David L. Walters…our fallen heroes.

Part 1: FREEDOM

After a solemn opening memorial to those who lost their lives in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Marching Southerners celebrate the enduring freedom those sacrifices helped secure. Selections from David Arnold’s Independence Day provide the foundation for the opening production. Cinematic, bold, and intense, this music is the perfect soundtrack for the enduring spirit of American freedom and independence.

The music of Glenn Miller and The Andrews Sisters stands an iconic artifact of the World War II period. John Williams paid tribute to this musical style in Swing, Swing, Swing from the soundtrack to the film 1941. In an all-new production number format, the Ballerinas will be featured in a burning big-band arrangement that will, no doubt, bring the house down!

Part 2: HONOR

With heavy hearts, the Southerners said goodbye to their founding fathers in 2015. Dr. John T. Finley and Dr. David L. Walters crossed to God’s celestial shores, leaving behind a legacy of tradition, pride, and spirit that will endure for years to come. Hans Zimmer’s Honor, the main title from The Pacific, provides the soundtrack for this moving memorial. In an emotional, visual, and melodious spectacle, the Southerners, with full and grateful hearts, bid our heroes a final farewell…

Part 3: HEROES FINALE

The 2016 production concludes with Heroes Finale, a driving and contemporary production of original themes interwoven with Americana classics. The full spectrum of the Southerners’ horn line will be showcased and pushed to the limits! After a powerful percussion feature, the Marching Southerners will unleash a final push of Battle Hymn of the Republic, as one last poignant tribute to all of our heroes…lost and fallen…but never forgotten.