Each year Marching Southerners alumni come and gather from all over for one weekend to acknowledge the past, appreciate the present and embrace the future. This past Saturday was no different as all types of Southerners gathered on Burgess-Snow Field in the stadium for a morning rehearsal, multiple mini performances by each section and a half time performance that could only be as one little girl by the name of Mylie put it: “Wow!”
The current Southerners boasted their 2012 performance “I’ll Fly Away” in a personal performance to the alumni Friday night in the stadium in full uniform, a longstanding tradition of theirs.
Fusions of the old and new in each section resonated throughout the night as they practiced and performed musical pieces with one another. Some notable songs that delighted the evening were Quilting Party, Spirit of the Bull, and Southerner Special.
Harold Summerville, the first 20J, Helen Johnson, the first ballerina captain and charter member of The Southerners and previous director Dr. David L. Walters were among the notable people that shared in Alumni festivities.
This weekend both the football team and The Marching Southerners will visit the University of Florida Gators. The game will be live on the air on WLJS 91.9 and kick off is noon central time.