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Introducing Troy University's Sound of the South

Published: Oct. 30, 2018 at 9:51 PM CDT
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This is the Sound of the South…it's known for bringing the sound during Troy University's half time shows.

Ray Coachman, student at Troy University, says "I've always enjoyed music and drum line...it's seen as a very cool and it's also just a fun thing to do."

Ray Coachman is a graduate of Ashford High School, where he first saw the Sound of the South in action at an exhibition in Dothan. From there…he decided to join the program at Troy University.

"I have fun with my friends doing it every day so it's just one of the passions I have is to be with the band on the drum line, playing music," says Coachman.

In the summer, the Sound of the South takes part in an all-day band camp but during the semester...

Markel Patterson, student at Troy University, says “They're usually about 50 minutes each day...Thursday nights, we go about three hours. If we do really good, he'll let us out early if not we'll stay a little longer."

With this week being homecoming…Coachman says there's a lot of energy going around.

"It's busier for us but we still like to perform for everyone and stuff like that, but it's just a fun time around the whole week. We end it with the game on Saturday...it's just a good experience," replied Coachman.

"We're really hype in the stands and sometimes we even throw water in some songs. It's pretty cool!" says Patterson.

At the end of the day, for these guys...it's all about making memories.

"The best thing about being in the Sound of the South is just getting to know so many people. You gain so many friends that you can just look back on and just cherish for the rest of your life," says Coachman.

"The band is great and we're really loud. We play some cool stuff and it's different from any other band in the state," says Patterson.

Registration for the Troy University Middle school Southeastern Clinic and Honor Bands is coming up soon.

The dates are December 6 - 8, 2018.

The link for more information and the application is at http://www.soundofthesouth.org/SEUS/seus/msindex.html.

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