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Phillip Tutor: Doing what’s right with ‘Dixie’ at JSU

Jacksonville State-Kennessaw State

The Marching Southerners before a 2018 Jacksonville State football game against Kennesaw State at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.

When Kenneth Bodiford decided to excise “Dixie” from the Marching Southerners’ repertoire, he wasn’t run out of town. There was no revolt, no violent protest, no administrative edict.

A decade later, he’s still Jacksonville State University’s band director.

Ken Bodiford

Director Ken Bodiford at a 2016 band camp rehearsal with Jacksonville State University's Marching Southerners.

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