Danceline and Colorguard prepare to pump up crowd this upcoming season

Published 2:50 pm Friday, July 17, 2020

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Band camp for the Bainbridge High School Marching Band kicked off on July 13, where the danceline and colorguard are already hard at work.

Danceline and colorguard have teamed up to perform an amazing half time show to the theme of 20/20 Eye Tunes.

They will be opening the show to 20/20 Vision by George Benson, I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff and Lyin’ Eyes by The Eagles. The show will continue with The Beatles famous hit, I Saw Her Standing There and Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl. The performance will close to the tunes of Angel Eyes by the Jeff Healey Band.

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The work hasn’t come easy; Sophie Marsh, a Georgette at the University of Georgia has been working all with the danceline, while Scout Hixenbaugh, a BHS Band alumni and current Troy University Colorguard member works with the colorguard.

Colorguard sponsor Lori Brown said this year practice is a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Each day members must get their temperature checked and are required to stand on a tape marked spot in the band room to ensure six feet of distance. Upon learning the dance, the colorguard would usually team up with the danceline and practice in a larger group of 50, but are not allowed to at this time. Colorguard is practicing at the high school, while danceline is sequestered at the Bainbridge Middle School Band Room.

Although practice has looked a little different, Brown said the team is on track to learning everything they are supposed to.

“We’ve already finished the concert portion, now we just have to work on the closer,” she said.

Senior colorguard member, Alyvia James is excited for one final year on the field.

“I’m really excited to work with everyone and see what Scout has lined up for us,” James said. “What she’s showed us so far is really awesome.”

Danceline sponsor, Leigh Powell is also excited for this season.

Powell said danceline has 12 new members and the energy they bring is something she is most looking forward to.

“Since everyone is so young it’s really exciting that this is something they get to experience together,” Powell said.

Powell said another huge deal for the team is that they are getting new uniforms.

“I think it’s been almost 30 years since danceline got new uniforms,” she said.

Powell definitely thinks the girls on the team deserve new uniforms, though. She said they have been working extremely hard, regardless of what happens with the football season.

“It’s hard to know what kind of a season we are going to have,” senior member Piper Loeffler said. “so, I just want us to have a great routine and see the entire show come together and perform.”

Band Director, James Sewell hopes to have the full band back together soon to see everything all together, but will wait until the safety and well being of all band members can be ensured.