Marching bands commemorate 9/11
by Mark Andrews
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Three local marching bands this season are commemorating first responders, military and civilian lives lost during 9/11.

For example, the Cass High School Colonels' marching band is making sure their name is synonymous with patriotism.

"The 10th anniversary [of 9/11] had a lot to do with the design of our [season's] show," said Cass High School Band Director Mack Roberts.

The band performs patriotic songs ranging from "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" to their show-closer, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

"The whole concept of the show has to do with celebrating America's freedom and recognizing and honoring those who has served before," Roberts said. "...We have a big salute at the end of the show, and it really is important."

Tonight, Cartersville High School will hold a tribute for 9/11 and local heroes.

"This being the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, we sort of want to honor the people on Sept. 11, but also the heroes here in Cartersville," said Cartersville High School Band Director David Snipes. "When something happens far away, you sort of bring it home to you, and we want to take the time to honor our heroes, both the military and others."

The show will feature Cartersville Fire Department, Principal Jay Floyd and those who have military service.

"The majority of the half-time we'll be bringing out any former military or current military, they'll fold all their flags and we'll bring them onto the field, we'll pay tribute to them, and we'll end it by just our band and the Darlington [School] band playing a short song called 'Tribute to America.'"

Anybody with a military ID or wearing their uniform can attend the game for free.

Woodland High School also will perform tonight in honor of 9/11.

"We are going to have a brief moment at the beginning of our home game this week to honor the memory of 9/11. We will have a trumpet/trumpets play taps along with a moment of silence," Band Director Eric Willoughby said in an email. "It is not 9/11 this Friday, but we are going to do this as a community at Woodland since we are 'away' the following week."