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Strike up the bands

High school bands spend summer preparing for season

Alcovy students Carlyle Remy, a 10th-grade tenor saxophonist, and Evan Greer, an 11th-grade tuba player, spent Tuesday afternoon practicing music like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” with fellow marching band members for their upcoming football half-time performances. They are under the direction of new teacher Avery Cooper. (Staff Photos: Michelle Floyd)

Alcovy students Carlyle Remy, a 10th-grade tenor saxophonist, and Evan Greer, an 11th-grade tuba player, spent Tuesday afternoon practicing music like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” with fellow marching band members for their upcoming football half-time performances. They are under the direction of new teacher Avery Cooper. (Staff Photos: Michelle Floyd)

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Eastside High School marching band students recently spent part of the day practicing moves in the school’s parking lot without their instruments. Pictured, in front, are 10th-grader Angel Li, senior Caitlin Strawn and senior Taylor Heilesen practicing with their fellow members. They are under the direction of Alan Fowler.

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Eighth-grader Cire Davis, right, and 11th-grader Johnathan Clark, along with fellow members of the Newton High School marching band have practiced drills and routines over the last couple of weeks to prepare them for the upcoming band and football season. They are under the direction of Jason Smith.

The band members from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools have spent the end of their summer break preparing for the upcoming season.