Pride of the Tribe to present ‘Music from Home’Published 4:45am Monday, August 5, 2013
The sweat dripped from their faces, while standing perfectly at attention.
Atop a 30-foot tower stood Jason Warnix with a headset on and his floppy hat covering his face. His voice boomed over the field as he gave direction to his troops.
For the past week the members of the Wetumpka High Pride of the Tribe marching band spent hours in the blazing sun walking through formations, doing calisthenics — including a few pushups — while carrying their choice instrument.
It’s not the Army, but it’s close.
For three weeks, Warnix’ marching band has spent countless hours practicing their routine, which will debut during Wetumpka High’s first home football game Aug. 30.
“We haven’t been doing two-a-days like most football teams, we’ve been going three-a-days,” Warnix said. “When school starts, they’ll actually get a rest having to practice just twice a day instead of three times each day at camp.”
All the work is for this year’s show which is themed “Music from Home.” All of the music played will have been from recording artists either from Alabama or recorded in the state.
The show will include selections from Alabama, Wilson Pickett, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Commodores.
“We will close the show with ‘My Home is From Alabama’ with a little surprise, which you’ll just have to wait to see,” said Warnix, who is in his sixth year as the Pride of the Tribe band director.