by Kathy Crump

Opelika Observer


Last Friday night, Duck Samford stadium hosted the annual Band-O-Rama — a showcase of bands from all over the area. The Auburn University marching band kicked off the night with their pre-game show and ended the event with some crowd-favorite stand-tunes.

Opelika High School performed third in the high school line up with their show entitled, “Bringin’ on the Boogie.” The show featured several disco tunes and during the signature drum solo, the band showed off their Tai Chi skills to the song “Kung Fu Fighting.”

“I love it,” said freshman Susan Lasaath after marching her first Band-O-Rama.

Summer Curtis, an eighth grade alternate this year, said, “It’s like an adrenaline rush.”

At the opposite end of the spectrum, senior Tillie Drost said, “I’m glad it’s senior year, but I’m also glad I get to spend one more year with my flute line. This show is great.”

Jason Smith, head director for the Spirit of the South, is all smiles when talking about “Bringin’ on the Boogie.”

“This year has been fabulous.” said Smith. “Band-O-Rama is our third performance this week and we are doing exceptionally well.”

When asked how construction has affected the band’s practices Smith said, “We’ve been blessed. Construction hasn’t hindered us at all.”

Drum major Gavin King shared his director’s positivity for the year.

“It’s been good and has definitely been a learning experience,” King said.

For anyone wanting to see Opelika High School’s Spirit of the South in action, the band will be performing at halftime for all of the Opelika Bulldog’s games and will be traveling to Valdosta on Oct. 20 for competition this year.