July 24, 2021

Braves March in Chick-Fil-A Bowl Parade

[gpslideshow]Photo by Gary Jones

During the course of 2011, I have had the opportunity to follow the Heard County Marching Braves and what I have witnessed has been tremendous.

The band has said “good-bye” to their senior members on Senior Night and freshman have stepped up and grown up to complete a group of students that perform to the delight of spectators for much of the year, never really receiving the recognition they have so diligently worked for.

Through endless practices, band competitions, honor band performances, university band days and the Friday night halftime shows, the kids that make up our Marching Braves Band have developed into something special.

This was very evident as they took their skills to Peachtree Street in Atlanta to participate in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and all its pageantry.

The last time the band marched was back in early December as they took part in several local Christmas parades.

During the week leading up to their bowl appearance, practice began on the Wednesday after Christmas and continued right up to a Friday practice at the Georgia Dome where they worked with bands from around the country.

Saturday, December 31st was game day. The Marching Braves departed early from the high school for what would turn out to be an extremely long day.

Festivities began with the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Parade which commenced on Peachtree Street, took a right on International Boulevard and headed towards the Georgia Dome.

The Braves were only one of three bands from Georgia, the others being Morris Brown College and South Gwinnett High School.

Thousands of people lined the streets as the Marching Braves paved the way for the bands from the University of Virginia and Auburn University.

During the parade, the Braves played tunes that they are most noted for and the kids enjoy playing as they made their way past the Hard Rock Café in a swarm of black and white Chick-Fil-A cows, colorful clowns, Star Wars characters, and football fans donning blue and orange for their respective universities.

After the parade the band was able to eat lunch and attend Fan Fest before entering the Georgia Dome to prepare for their upcoming pre-game and half-time performances.

This event closed out the marching season for the Braves but several students are still preparing for upcoming honor band competitions and the Jazz Band will kick off their performance schedule on January 27th as they perform for the Chamber of Commerce dinner.



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