Photos by Rome City Schools
This past Tuesday evening, Floyd County Schools hosted a marching band exhibition featuring Armuchee, Coosa, Model and Pepperrell High Schools. Rome High School was invited to close the show by Floyd County band directors, giving the packed stands at Armuchee High School a chance to see what all of the area’s bands students had learned all summer long.
“We were fortunate that the county bands invited us to come out and perform and this gives us a great opportunity to see other students doing the same things we do. We have all been working very hard in the summer heat and working hard for the same goals. This is educational for us and we hope it is educational for the other bands as well,” said Chad Hannah, Director of Bands for Rome City Schools.
Each band marched, twirled, tossed and danced as they put on five music-filled halftime shows and all were met with cheers of encouragement from their peers. Rome High closed with their show, one Hannah has named “The Machine”, and the crowd was able to experience the Sound of the Seven Hills up close and personal. Rome will put their sound to the test when they’re judged during several marching competitions Hannah has planned this year for his group.
“We have Peach State Marching Festival coming up and it will be held at Barron Stadium on the fourth Saturday in October,” Hannah said. “We are also taking the band to Albertville and Jacksonville State University for competitions. We have our fingers crossed, but regardless of what our scores are we are very proud of the work these kids have done. We are blessed that they are willing to work very hard for our band, our school and our community. We really have great chemistry in our band and we love every one of our students. We wouldn’t trade them for the world.”
The next time the Wolves take the field to march will be during the Rome verses Carrollton game this Friday night. Hannah gives an answer all band fans want to hear when asked if they would play loud in support of their team.
“Oh, you know it!” he said. “We are always ready to support our football team. We can’t wait to get in the stands at Barron this Friday night.”