2018 JSU Marching Southerners

When I Think of Home

“Home is where you go to find solace from the ever changing chaos, to find love within the confines of a heartless world, and to be reminded that no matter how far you wander, there will always be something waiting when you return.”— Kendal Rob

2018 marks Director of Bands Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford’s 25th season at the helm of the Marching Southerners. His staff, most of whom have worked alongside Bodiford for over 20 years, are alumni of JSU and The Marching Southerners. During this quarter of a century, the rich traditions and kinships of this organization have served as the inspiration that propelled it to national and international acclaim. From the shores of Hawaii to the ancient streets of Europe, the Marching Southerners have truly left their mark on the world. No matter how many miles are traveled or how many years come and go, there is a path of love, family, and tradition that always leads us home. When I Think of Home is a soundtrack for the memories of every Marching Southerners member and fan, past and present, young and old.

The 2018 production opens with Benji Pasek and Justin Paul’s From Now On from the hit musical drama, The Greatest Showman. Driving, contemporary melodies and percussion are brought to the marching field in a “new school” opener that pushes the envelope of innovation in ways only the Marching Southerners can. We are reminded we can always “come back home again…”

The Ballerinas are a Jacksonville State institution embedded in a tradition and history all their own. Their signature style and character are unmistakable and timeless. Fred Ebb and John Kander’s And All That Jazz from Chicago provides the perfect backdrop as the Ballerinas take center stage in a feature that pays tribute to both their traditional roots and modern transformation.

Dr. John T. Finley set the Southerners’ sound on a more symphonic course over 60 years ago. One of the most cherished memories from this period was Dr. Finley’s brass choir performing “Going Home”. The trademark power of the Southerners’ hornline is unleashed once again with Antonín Dvořák’s Largo from the New World Symphony. The strains of this hauntingly beautiful melody will echo off of the Appalachian foothills once again.

While the Marching Southerners call Jacksonville, Alabama home, the fiery spirit of Latin music has always been near and dear to the organization. The 2018 production concludes with a brand new, over-the-top arrangement of Ernesto Lecuona’s Malagueña.

Nothing else really needs to be said.

Join the Marching Southerners as they mark this “silver anniversary” and “Gather In” once again and do what they do best with their 2018 production, When I Think of Home.