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JCHS band raising funds for Sugar Bowl trip

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JCHS band raising funds for Sugar Bowl trip

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Like most of Jones County, the

Jones County

Greyhound Marching

Band is preparing for

football season.

The band began rehearsing for this season when band camp opened July 9. Superior ratings and best in class awards in competition are the band’s goal this fall, but this season will culminate in something new and exciting—a trip to New Orleans to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Band director Robert Groves said the Sugar Bowl trip would be an unique opportunity.

“Our kids will get to play at halftime of one of the biggest bowl games,” he said.

The group will also take part in a marching competition and perform in a Sugar Bowl parade while in New Orleans.

Before reaching the Big Easy for New Year’s, the Jones County Band has a full season of halftime shows and several marching competitions ahead. And certainly, taking over sixty musicians and auxiliary members on the road is an expensive prospect. The band’s activities are solely funded by participation fees and the fundraising efforts of the band boosters.

A number of fundraisers have been scheduled, including an upcoming mattress sale, a very unique opportunity for Jones County residents. The Jones County Band Boosters will turn the high school cafeteria into a mattress showroom Aug. 26, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, with over twenty-five models on display. National name brands such as Simmons Beautyrest will be available with savings up to 50 percent off of retail prices.

Additional discounts are available for educators, members of the military, and law enforcement. Delivery and financing will also be available.

Band Booster Vice Chair for fundraising, Ashley Maddox said practically every home needs a new mattress.

“These are the same mattresses you see in retail stores, but at great prices and every mattress we sell helps us fund this great band,” she said.

The Marching Greyhounds will premiere their 2018 competition show entitled Confinement for the home crowd at the August 24 game against Baldwin County.

“This is an exciting show, a mashup of classical and modern pop music,” Groves commented. “We hope to win the hearts of our fans at every home game, but our true test will be when the kids take this show to several marching competitions this fall. We greatly appreciate your support every time our kids take the field.”

More information is available on the Jones County High School Bands Facebook page, by contacting a band member, or by emailing Groves,