High School Bands to ‘Rock the Dome’ Homecoming Weekend

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 20, 2005 – Five high school bands are planning to “Rock the Dome” Oct. 29 as a part of Homecoming festivities at Southeast Missouri State University.

After marching in Southeast’s Homecoming parade earlier in the morning, the Festus, Fredericktown, Woodland, Scott County Central and Twin Rivers high school bands will return to Academic Hall Auditorium for a “Rock the Dome” concert. The bands will each play 15-minute sets in celebration of Academic Hall’s 100th anniversary.

“We’ve never played at anything like this before,” said Misty Rivers, director of the Woodland High School Band. “It’s a big deal for our band. They are very excited about it.”

Rivers says the Woodland Band will perform “Great Balls of Fire,” “Evil Ways,” “House of the Rising Sun” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

Festus High School Band Director Chris Auchly says his band will perform several patriotic selections, including “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful,” “Trooper’s Salute” and “Americans We.”

He says his students are “thrilled to participate in something of historic nature like this event.”

The Fredericktown High School Band will perform a “rhythm and blues funk-type show,” said Co-Band Director Mark Ellison. They will perform “Back in Black” by AC/DC, “Mr. Roboto by Styx, “Give Up the Funk” by Bootsy Collins and “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker.

“We try to go to different universities and do a Homecoming every year,” Ellison said. “The kids are all pumped up. We’ve just got a killer sound this year. We have a rather large flag corps as well, and they are pumped up too.”

Co-directing the Fredericktown High School Band with Ellison is Keith Bales. Flag Corps sponsor is Melissa Goldsmith.

Scott County Central High School Band Director Jim Edwards says his band will perform “Brick House,” “Shout it Out,” “Hot, Hot, Hot,” and a medley of selections from the Blue Brothers movie, including “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “Can’t Turn You Loose.”

“This will be their first time doing something (a concert) like this,” he said. “We’re going to have a great time. We’re going to start out marching in the Homecoming parade in the morning, then we’re coming up to Academic Hall for the dome concert and then we’re headed to the football game. We’re going to make a day of it.”

Twin Rivers High School Band Director Paula Brashers says her band will play “Power Station,” “Doctor Rock,” “Who Put The Bomp?” and a medley of songs representing each of the branches of the U.S. armed services.

“They are so thrilled” about this opportunity, Brashers said of her students.

She said she is perhaps even more excited about the concert since she is a Southeast graduate and currently is working towards her specialist’s degree from Southeast.

Following the Rock the Dome concert, a pep rally will be held on the Academic Terraces at noon. There, Southeast’s marching band, the Golden Eagles, will play a rousing assortment of music for the Redhawk sendoff to Houck Stadium for the Southeast vs. Murray State Homecoming football game.  Former members of the Golden Eagles are asked to join the band for the walk to Houck Stadium, then onto the field for the singing of Southeast’s Alma Mater.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Academic Hall, an “Academic Hall Happening” picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Academic Terraces.  Events for all ages will take place, with family activities provided by Southeast’s Recreational Sports to include an obstacle course, relay races, a dunking booth and more.  Kent Library will also feature a “Bug Hunt” where children will be encouraged to find matching toy bugs to crack a secret code for prizes.