JSU Marching Southerners

Marching Southerners

Trumpet Line


Section Leaders

Devin Lentz (head)

Hometown: Ringgold, Georgia

High School: Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School

Holly Stokesbary

Hometown: Alabaster, Alabama

High School: Thompson High School

John Blakely

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia

High School: Brookwood High School

Advice to incoming freshmen:

  • “Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Make friends in the field you’re studying in. Go to class and apply yourself in as many things as you can, but don’t overload yourself. Use this time to figure out who you are and what kind of person you want to be.” -Devin
  • Be kind and do your best always! You get out of Southerners what you put in, so make it the best years yet! – Holly
  • Make the most of your time here. It goes by quicker than you realize. – John B.

2023 Show Music


Ballerina Tune



Christmas Parade Tune

Additional Links

1) Do we have to audition to make the trumpet line? Yes, you do! The auditions are not meant to be stressful. They are a combination of marching technique, attitude, and playing ability. The section leaders will keep you informed about the music for auditions as we get closer to band camp.

Music Auditions will be submitted by video prior to band camp and visual auditions will take place during camp! 

2) Do we need to wear anything specific to band camp? No, you don't! We recommend wearing light-weight clothes that you would exercise in. The only requirement is that you wear tennis shoes. Also, bring plenty of water!

3) Where do we meet for events such as Scholarship Auditions, Brass Day, J-Day Game, Band Camp? Contact your section leaders to find out the exact location. We attached a map of the campus that will hopefully make finding Mason Hall easier. http://www.jsu.edu/campusmap/?Mason_Hall_

4) Do you need to sign up for a specific class to be a part of the Marching Southerners? Yes! At orientation, you will need to sign up for either MU192 or 392. Once you do this, you will officially be enrolled in the Southerners. You MUST be signed up for the class to march. 

5) Do we need sign up for band camp? Yes! You will sign up by clicking on the BAND CAMP REGISTRATION tab under "Events/Band Camp". 

6) When are concert band auditions? Auditions for the fall semester happen after band camp and before school. There will be sign up sheets for these auditions about a week before they happen. Music for auditions will be posted around May!

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