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Local Students Join JSU Marching Southerners

News from Jacksonville State University

JACKSONVILLE, AL (10/01/2019)– More than 500 gifted musicians and auxiliary were selected for Jacksonville State University’s prestigious band program, the Marching Southerners, for Fall 2019. A record 551 students – 191 of them freshmen – have joined the band for the 2019-2020 season, including:

Jacob Barrentine of Montgomery, Trombone

Jordan Chandler of Prattville, Alto Sax

Gavin Miller of Jemison, Trumpet

This year’s halftime show is “Earth, Wind and Fire,” inspired by the elements of nature and creation. In addition to the hits of the R&B group of the same name, “In the Stone” and “September,” selections include “Let There be Peace on Earth,” “Earth for Flute and Piano,” “Windsprints,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Metropolis 1927,” and an original composition entitled “The Day of Wrath” that incorporates the requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Berlioz.

The Southerners will perform numerous half-time shows and exhibitions this fall. One of the biggest performances will be an exhibition at Bands of America’s 2019 Grand National Championship on Nov. 14-16 in Indiana. Only the finest collegiate marching bands in the nation are invited to perform before 90,000 spectators at the national competition of some of America’s most outstanding high school marching bands.

Check out the Southerners’ full performance schedule and listen to clips of the show at

About Jacksonville State University: Founded in 1883 as a state teachers college, Jacksonville State University has grown from humble beginnings into the Alabama regional university with the highest percentage of accredited programs. Located in the Appalachian foothills midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, JSU offers more than 150 courses of study, including over 40 online programs, at the undergraduate and graduate level. To learn more, visit, call 1-800-231-JAX1 or e-mail