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On Friday Night this Fall…Don’t Forget the Marching Band
The First Battle Hymn Soloist
Coach Smart Speak to the Redcoat Band
Coach Smart TV Show Features the Contribution Made by the Redcoats
Paul Efland Georgia Sports Communications
Macon Telegraph Article – Link Here (Mentions 2017 Notre Dame Game)
Redcoat Trivia – Picture from Ruth Kiney Collection; text from Bill King Junkyard Blog (2013)
1982: Georgia win over clemson 13-7 in Athens. This was a big, big game, Georgia’s first under the new Sanford Stadium lights as the two preceding national champions met on national TV on Labor Day night with Gomer Pyle himself, Jim Nabors, on hand to sing the national anthem. Herschel had an injured thumb and no one was sure how much he’d play, if at all. When he entered the game as a decoy in the second quarter the focus was so much on him that Tron Jackson was able to score on a 41-yard reverse, though the score was wiped out by a penalty. Herschel played more in the second half, though he wasn’t really a factor. But the Georgia defense rose to the occasion, intercepting Athens native Homer Jordan four times and blocking a punt that turned into a touchdown for the Dogs. And Kevin Butler kicked two field goals. — Text from Bill King Junkyard Blog (2013)
What is the History Behind the Battle Hymn? – Marion English was brass section leader and asked Jeff Simmons to do a warm up for the trumpet section based on the Battle Hymn. Marion’s initial idea came from the slow Elvis version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. They prepared by listening to that recording before Jeff wrote the first draft. Jeff had been studying Wagnerian harmony with Dr Neilson, so incorporated some of that theory into the tune … plus some jazz (since that is Jeff’s bag). At least one session, they worked almost all night. The brass loved it, so they expanded it for full band. On first reading, Dwight Satterwhite stopped the band at the big suspension before the key and said, “this won’t work” Jeff jumped over three isles and said, “Oh yes it will”… And the rest is history.
Quote from Coach Vince Dooley’s book: A football team, Dooley said, establishes national brand and by that I mean a visible distinguished identification and a national prominence that’s really not available from any part of the campus. It does initiate a sense of pride, a point of connection around the state. A football [team] and a marching band energizes campus life and turns into the heartbeat and the spirit of a campus.”
Redcoat Traditions – Ruth Kiney
Redcoat Traditions – Tom Jackson
We know what the famous Brett Baucum looks like today. This was his likeness when he joined the Redcoats?