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Mr. Rusty Courson Phone Icon (334) 664-4435 Email Icon Email
  Mr. Shawn Geiger Phone Icon (334) 664-4435 Email Icon Email

Smiths Station High School Band

2007-2008 "Panther Spirit"
2007-2008 "Panther Spirit"

For additional information check out the band's website at www.sshsband.org 

The marching band is very active and has participated in various competitive events throughout the Southeast over the last several years.  The band has received nothing but Superior Ratings in over 25 years and received numerous Best In Class awards, several Grand Champion awards, among other accolades. 

For the past several years, the marching band has rebranded itself as a unique group that performs from a repertoire that includes popular music from the 1960's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and 2000's, but does it while executing difficult constant drill movements that are often associated with the activity known as drum corps, or DCI.  This move has proved popular among audiences and judges alike, and more often than not, a performance of the Smiths Station High School "Panther Spirit" band is associated by large raucous crowds giving standing ovations to show their approval of the band's unique musical and marching style.

The band has made several regional trips over the years to locales such as New York, Washington D.C., Philidelphia, Orlando, New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta, Mobile, and the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast.  They had accepted an invitation to participate in the London New Year's Day Parade on January 1, 2002, but had to decline the invitation due to the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  In November 2005, they traveled to New York and Philadelphia, where they were one of eleven bands selected from throughout the United States to participate in the Boscov's Thanksgiving Parade before a regional television audience.  They also participated in the Philly Parade in 2008.  The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest Holiday Parade in the country and was originally known as the Gimble's Thanksgiving Parade.

The band also strives to support community efforts not only within Smiths Station and Lee County, but surrounding areas as well.  In recent years, the band has performed for many events representing the Smiths Station community, such as parades in Opelika, Columbus, and Phenix City, and has also performed at the request of Delta Airlines and the insurance icon known throughout the world for its talking Duck, AFLAC.  The worldwide headquarters of AFLAC are located in nearby Columbus, Georgia and the band has performed for their annual Employee Appreciation Week closing ceremonies at the Columbus Civic Center many times over the past several years.