Band director: Wendy Etter.
A few words from the director: “These students are very hard-working and hold much pride in their role in the Bulldog Band. Last year we earned consistent Superior ratings, and we hope to continue that standard of excellence throughout this marching season.”
Number in band: 57.
Class breakdown: Nine seniors, 14 juniors, 13 sophomores, 10 ninth-graders and 11 eighth-graders.
Section leaders: Caleb Anglin, band captain; Savannah Sutton, band co-captain; Taylor Tate, librarian; Brianna Hunter, historian; Hannah Norton, chaplain; Nikki Taylor, uniform manager; Amber Hammond and Brianna Hunter (assistant), flutes; Megan Benefield and Amangie Pritt (assistant), clarinets; Steven Brimer, saxophones; Savannah Sutton, mellophones; Kelley Hammond, low brass; Caleb Anglin, trumpets; Samuel Fordham, drum captain; Daniel Benefield, drum co-captain; and Asa Elkins, bassline head.
Drum majors: Nikki Taylor and Katie Wood.
Head majorette: Brady Cook.
Head dance line: Darcie Wallace.
Halftime show: 2009 Marching Bulldog Band show selections include “Pomp & Circumstance,” “Spirit of the Bull,” portions of the JSU fight song, U of A fight song, UGA fight song, AU fight song, and UT fight song, Ranburne High School Alma Mater, and “It’s My Life.”
This year’s show takes our students through the decision of choosing their path after high school. After they reach graduation, they must choose their path, and must choose wisely, because this decision may affect the path of their entire life. Will they go to work? What college and major will they pursue? Or will they stick around their hometown? But, no matter what the choice, it’s their decision and, ultimately, they must realize “It’s My Life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever, I just want to live while I’m alive!”
After the drum major salute, the band will march onto the field into their opening set to the tune of “Pomp & Circumstance.” The auxiliary will symbolize the graduation ceremony by crossing the field in traditional cap and gown. Then, suddenly, graduation will be over and the future will be at hand — what decision will they make? With driving melodies and quickly moving drill, the fast pace of the real world will be upon them, depicted through the Spanish fanfare, “Spirit of the Bull.” Much like the summer, this will be a busy, fun opener that will end culminating with a push to the front of the field.
Now, the fall has come, and life has settled but briefly. All of the friends we knew so well are now scattered, so let’s take a look at how different we have become. The middle section represents the choices of major universities our students may choose, or simply to cheer for! Each majorette will have a feature, and will be in uniform representing a particular university. The middle theme will open up with the beginning of JSU’s fight song, and then segué from one fight song to the next in the order of University of Alabama, UGA, Auburn, and Tennessee (“Rocky Top”).
Ending with “Rocky Top” allows us to touch base with our home fans and reminding our students that no matter where life takes them, Ranburne will always be home. Closing this section will be a reverent playing of the Ranburne High School Alma Mater.
Finally, the students have faced life head-on, they have made decisions, and they know that it is a great responsibility because, after all, “It’s My Life.” This closer, a cover of Bon Jovi’s hit that brought them back to the top of the charts, will be an exciting ending to an exciting journey. In the beginning, the auxiliary will have a dance feature and kickline, with a drum break in the middle, and an extravagant closing section that will bring the crowd to its feet cheering our students through the finish line of the journey.
2009-2010 competition plans: East Gadsden Battle of the Bands, Calhoun County Exhibition, Central Alabama Band Competition, Chattanooga Battle of the Bands, Dixieland Jubilee Jam.Hosting the 5th Annual Festival of Sound at Ranburne High School on Sept. 19, where we will perform in exhibition. We will compete in the Dixie Jubilee Jam Marching Festival at Weaver High School on Sept. 26 and in the Golden River Marching Festival at Haralson County High School in Tallapoosa, Ga., on Oct. 17.
Booster club officers: Scott Carden, president; Joann Elkins, vice president; Martha Gibbs, secretary; and Teresa Taylor, treasurer.
CHEERLEADERS Varsity football cheerleading squad: Taylor Walker, Amanda Edwards, Nikki Skinner, Beth Muse, Amanda Poore, Jessika Brown, Whitley Wright, Leah Mobley, Ciera Dearman and Cassidy Estes.
Varsity cheerleader sponsor: Mindy Williamson.
Junior high football cheerleading squad: Ailey Mobley, Macy Muse, B.J. Daniel, Spencer Pollard, Michelle Baughn, Maggie Ayers, Andi Smith, Hali Wilson, Sadie Smith and Jessica Kelley.
Junior high cheerleader sponsor: Christy Kribbs.