The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 21, 2013

WWHS band invited to Chick-fil-A Bowl game in Atlanta

BECKLEY — After a very successful showing at the Tri-State Marching Band Festival at Marshall University, including five trophy wins, the Woodrow Wilson High School Band has another opportunity to shine at an upcoming college football bowl game in Atlanta.

Woodrow Wilson High School was one of many high school bands from all over the U.S. invited to participate in the nationally televised Chick-fil-A Bowl game, during which an Atlantic Coast Conference team will square off with a Southeastern adversary on New Year’s Eve.

The band will participate in three events: a marching parade down Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta, a pre-game show and the multi-band half-time show.

“The band students are excited,” said Flying Eagle Band Director Bill Bailey. “They are working very, very hard.”

To fund their journey, each member of the band needs to raise $652.

“We have a number of great (fundraising) projects in the works, and we appreciate all the support we have been receiving from everyone,” said Fred Rickman, WWHS Band Boosters president, in a press release.

The band is currently selling fresh fruit from Florida, including oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, apples, pears and pineapples. Orders can be placed with a band member until Nov. 5, and orders will be delivered in mid-December. Anyone interested in placing an order can contact WWHS Band Director Bill Bailey, at 304-256-4646, extension 7207, or order online at www.freshfruitorder.org/flyingeagleband.

At the Tri-State Marching Band Festival, which showcased 26 high school bands from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, the WWHS Flying Eagle Band performed their 2013 competition show “Latin Moves” and took home five trophies in their category, including second place percussion, second place color guard, third place band and third place drum major. Jessica McPeake won second place over the whole competition for her feature twirling routine.

— E-mail: bunderwood@register-herald.com

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