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Rebel Regiment marches on despite rain

POSTED: August 6, 2018 3:19 p.m.
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Will Alford, first-year director of the Rebel Regiment, reaches for his clipboard during a recent practice of the band's halftime show.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Effingham County Rebel Regiment is doing everything it can to get ready to provide a spectacular halftime show for the Rebels' first football game.

The biggest obstacle to overcome is rain. Director Will Alford said that, as of Thursday, the band had lost more than nine hours of outside rehearsal time due to the inclement weather.

Alford said, “Band camp is one of the times when we get most of our work done, just because we’re able to have the kids here (at school) and focused only on band. Once you get them back in the school environment, they’re focused on homework and tests and other classes, so that’s why we’re able to be so productive in band camp. So missing nine hours of rehearsal time has been a struggle but we’re doing the best we can.”

Thursday’s practice was, unfortunately, typical as the kids took the field and started with warmups and drills only to have to grab their instruments and head back inside for some instrument practice when lightning started getting too close.

Alford said, “The kids know the music really well. We just haven’t been able to spend time outside learning what they’re supposed to be doing and how to actually put the music with the drill itself. So there’s a lot of catching up that needs to be done.”

He said this year’s show is pretty tough visually but they’re getting there.

“I have faith in the kids that we’ll be where we need to be when we need to be there," Alford said.

See the Aug. 8 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.

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