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Crosstown Marching Bands Unite for Halftime Show

School NewsGreg Higgins

The North Lamar High School and Paris Blue Blazes Marching Bands are coming together for a combined show celebrating the Crosstown Showdown on Friday, November 6.  This year the Paris Wildcats will host the North Lamar Panthers at Wildcat Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Band directors Randy Jones from North Lamar and Charles Grissom from Paris will bring the two bands together as one that night. 

“The students will all be wearing one T-shirt designed by Williams Sporting Goods,” said Jones.  “You will not be able to tell who’s from Paris or North Lamar that night.”

The bands will perform four of today’s popular songs: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Watch Me Whip” by Silentó, “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy, and “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled.  Accompanying the band and singing the lyrics to all four songs will be the junior duo of Brock Garrison from NLHS and Deja Sikes from PHS.  Both have been named to the All-State Choir are in the process of keeping their titles as they compete in this season’s competition.

“Our contest schedule and the Crosstown Showdown date lined up perfectly this year which allowed us to prepare a combined halftime show,” said Grissom.  “Randy Jones, Jason Smith, and I have been meeting and planning a show that should be fun and enjoyable for the crowd.”

NLHS Associate Band Directors Roderick Boyce, Jr., who arranged all of the music, and Jason R. Smith have been working on the design and staging for the show as well as Nicole Neilson, Donna Smith, and Jared Cronk on all the choreography. 

“We see a Super Bowl halftime show on a high school scale,” said Jason Smith.  “The singers will perform on a stage out on the field while the 300 piece band faces both the home and guest sides throughout the show.  The performance will conclude with the fight songs from both schools.”

“This has been so much fun!” said Jones with a big smile on his face.  “All the student are having a great time practicing, getting together, and just having fun.  We did this two years ago when Paris came to North Lamar, so we are looking forward to performing once again on Paris’ field.”