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Floyd County Schools forms marching band, will participate in Children’s Christmas Parade

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Floyd County Schools marching band

Floyd County Schools marching band uniform

Floyd County Schools is proud to announce the formation of the FCS Marching Band. The four band directors and 120 students from Armuchee, Coosa, Model and Pepperell High Schools’ bands are joining together to perform in the Children’s Christmas Parade in Midtown Atlanta.

“This opportunity is only possible because it has been a true team effort by all band directors and the great group of kids that showed interest,” said Model High band director Tim Burton. “None of our four high schools would be able to participate individually because we wouldn’t have enough students, but the four directors work well together and without that it wouldn’t happen.”

Tim Burton started the application process last year in order for them to be able to participate this year, the arrangement was done by Coosa High’s band director Adam Daniel, and the special FCS Marching Band uniform was designed by Dawson Burnes, a sophomore and trumpeter at Model High.

“It is a great opportunity to combine more people and work with a large team to create a memorable experience for all involved,” said Armuchee High’s band director Seth Bates. “It gives students a chance to interact and identify with others who have the same passion across the county.”

Instead of having four separate high school bands in this year’s Rome Christmas Parade on November 28, the FCS Marching Band will use that event as their warm up for the big event happening just four days later.

The Children's Christmas Parade is an Atlanta tradition and the largest holiday parade in the southeast. Midtown Atlanta will be transformed into Santa Claus Lane with the sights and sounds of the season.

Thousands of spectators will be lined up along the streets eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and the official beginning of the holiday season in Atlanta. Tune in to WSB-TV Channel 2 to view the Children's Christmas Parade live. The parade will step-off at Peachtree and 16th Street at 10:20 a.m. and will cross the TV zone at Peachtree & 11th Street at 10:30 a.m.

The FCS Marching Band has a fundraising goal of $1,000. If you would like to donate, visit https://goo.gl/CcLzgF. All funds generated from the Children's Christmas Parade benefit the Friends Funding Goals at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

THE FLOYD COUNTY SCHOOLS MARCHING BAND

ARMUCHEE HIGH - Band Director Seth Bates

Braden Alford

Alia Barrett

Kyle Buffington

Jace Burnham

Miranda Castro

Joey Cerniglia

Bryce Culberson

Makayla Dye

Janna Early

Maggie Early

Alexis Edwards

Austin Edwards

Branden Edwards

Anna Hicks

Spencer Hood

Cody Hughes

Kayla Hutcherson

Makayla Lopez

Samantha Martin

Molly McWhorter

Jarred Melton

Victoria Merritt

Sierra Murdock

Zach Nash

Akecia Neal

Haley Nicholson

Brandon Perkins

Gabby Ratliff

Cheyenne Riedel

Amanda Taft

Paige Tessin

Ella Young

AHS COLOR GUARD

MaQenzye Anderson

Kimberly Bannister

Natalie Daniel

Lexi Davenport

Mckenzie Day

Deanna Lopez

Shy Mendoza

Journie Simpson

Emily White

Katelann Whiteman

AHS DRUMLINE

Caden Butler

Cam Collum

Ridge Cox

Aden Edwards

Will Lehr

Kayla Mathis

Nicholas McCullough

Mason McDaniel

Virginia Nash

Rhiannon Vaughn

COOSA HIGH - Band Director Adam Daniel

Avie Carlton

Allie Castrejon

Ashley Ellis

Bishop Babb

Brianna Daughtry

Chandler England

Emily Alcantar

Ivan Cruz

Joshua Ruff

Justin Edwards

Kevin Boatfield

Kiana Greene

Lamont Greene

Leslie Herring

Maggie Brooks

Mary Brooks

Nick Johnson

Ryne Hulsey

Rylee King

Savannah Thompson

Telei Sharpe

Tristan Davis

William Hodges

Zac Mitchell

Zayden Sullins

Annie Cooper

Allison Stanley

Andrew Whittemore

Kaleb Wright

CHS COLOR GUARD

Azya Elrod

Heather Fleming

Katie Robinson

Natalie Neace

CHS DRUMLINE

Laura Robinson

Mia Thompson

MODEL HIGH - Band Director Tim Burton

Ryan Autry

Dawson Burnes

Sarah Carver

Emmie Chambless

Bailey Dowdy

Madi Floyd

Chloe Greer

Jackson Greer

Jacob Jenkins

Marlee Pelfrey

Hayden Robinson

Samantha Shockley

Barton Sopata

Gordon Urlich

Bailey West

MHS COLOR GUARD

Molly Burton

Brittany Dress

Anna Shirley

Lacey Harvey

MHS DRUMLINE

Ryan Autry

Jackson Greer

Harrison Roland

PEPPERELL HIGH - Band Director Mike Bright

Isaac Cordero

Geffrie Givvons

Will Green

Malaya Jones

Lauren Patterson

Alejendro Rodriguez

Wendy Thompson

Brian Wiggins

PHS COLOR GUARD

Hannah Durham