When I heard the Oak Grove Marching Band earlier this season at a Thursday night game I knew we had to make them our Band of the Week. At the time I did not know that the band had won the last three Class 4A band state titles. I do now. There is a culture of excellence with members of the band, however that's not why this band sounds good, its because members of this band work hard and strive to be better than the last performance.
When you are known by an acronym you know you are good, so for MPW its sound stands alone. MPW stands for Marching Purple and White, the Bessemer City High School band. Michael Parks is the band director and he has around 90 members this year. Its halftime show has no title, though it's more of an old school performance that any crowd can get into.
The Jemison High School Blue Regiment Band is full of secrets, but is on a mission that is far from impossible. The band, under the direction of Dakota Bromley, is made up of 81 members. This Falls halftime show is called "Secret Agents," and it pays homage to James Bond and Mission: Impossible movie sagas. Some of those tied to the Blue Regiment talk to WBRC about what makes this band what it is and how it sounds.
Crews have been working for months now to install the new turf, and both fields are very close to completion but, due to the recent rain those fields will not be ready in time for Friday night’s games.
The Fairview High School Aggie Band has 65 members under the direction of Nathan Kilgo. This fall during halftime of games, the Aggie band is putting on a Michael Jackson themed show called "The King of Pop."
The Talladega High School Marching Tiger Band always comes prepared. Under the direction of band director Ethan Owens, the group, some 45 members, is ready to showcase its talents during halftime this Fall on the gridiron. Its show is called the "The Great Escape" and it is just that, a great performance, according to members of the Tiger Band.