Regina and band members intend to positively influence the entire crowd and football team with their pregame performances of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“We are playing more pregame music to get the audience pumped prior to kickoff, which also helps get the football team pumped up,” said Regina.
Five years of experience and relationships with Regina and band members account for expansion and diversity in every performance the band plans to execute this year. Regina commented that one benefit of his five year tenure as the band’s director is that he has developed great relationships with students.
In previous years, the band has chosen an “either/or” path when referring to a focus on exhibition or parade performances. Instead, this year the band relies on experience to dominate on field performances so that they can participate in both parades and exhibition events to a balanced extent.
Exhibitions and competitions in Cairo and Valdosta along with THS Homecoming, Thomasville Christmas, and Cairo Christmas parades are just some of their engagements beyond weekly football games.
The traditional football halftime show excites the crowd this year as “The Sound of the Pound” plays “A Tribute to Stevie Wonder” and adds a unique twist with a bass guitar player.
Stevie Wonder songs including “Sir Duke,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Superstition,” and “Higher Ground” are followed up by the THS fight song “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Since 2012 Regina and the marching band have featured current hits from Rhianna and Lady Gaga, a tribute to Motown, the music of jazz greats like Nina Simone and Cab Calloway, and the Broadway hit The Lion King. He feels confident about his annual choices.
“As time goes on they begin to know the composer or music I choose … they always love the music I choose,” commented Regina on the band’s interest in the halftime show theme.
In addition to the music and movement from the band, twirlers and dance line members finish out the action-packed performance.
Twirling Captain LaTatyna Hadley emphasized the importance of the fire-twirling during halftime shows to retain the audience’s attention. Hadley added that the Red Hots dance line helps motivate the twirlers to perform to the best of their abilities. The two groups combine their talents on some of the numbers to create a synchronized extravaganza.
The dance line has also evolved over the past five years by adding a younger “Dance Dawgs” team as they build on the experienced dancers in leadership positions.
“I try to look back on the past years and see what the leaders have done right or maybe not so well, trying to make changes and focus on the team being a family rather than merely the dance aspect,” reflected senior Sydney Ellen Rawlings, one of the Red Hots Captains.
Rawlings added that after learning the fundamentals of a particular craft, experience and relationships push the entire unit beyond its potential.
“It’s been really fun and I’m sad to see that it’s almost over,” added Rawlings.
Senior Band Co-Captain Robert Gloster has also enjoyed his leadership role, “I learned some valuable leadership skills from certain students and learned to lead by example.”