Saturday night, the fans at Bazemore – Hyder stadium in Valdosta had a real treat as the Madison County High School Vaquero Guard opened the halftime festivities for the Valdosta State Blazers parent weekend home game versus Southern Arkansas. Actually there was a lot going on at the campus this weekend. Not only was it parents’ weekend, but it was also a “pink out” game for the Blazers in honor of breast cancer awareness. As important as all of that was, the marching band students of Madison County High were focused on their task, to perform their first college half time show ever.
The Vaquero Guard began their weekend Friday night in Taylor County by performing a combined pre-game show with the Bulldog Band. The sound of the combined bands was a treat for the audience as the bands played the Star Spangled Banner. During the game, the Vaquero Guard continued to support the Cowboys in their 55-14 defeat of the Bulldogs. During half time, the Vaquero Guard introduced a brand new “Mario Brothers.” The Bulldog audience was polite and very receptive to the students of Madison by offering a strong round of applause.
Getting home late on Friday night was not unusual for the Vaquero Guard, so when 4:30 rolled around on Saturday afternoon, many of the students had already caught up on sleep and were ready to go. The Vaquero Guard performed first at the VSU half time, followed by the VSU Blazin’ Brigade. Both bands performed exceptionally well and the experience of their first college half time will remain with the Madison students for a long time.
The Madison County bands would like to thank Mr. Eric Bradsahw (Director of Athletic Bands at VSU) and the students of the Blazin’ Brigade for an amazing night. Their professionalism and generosity were standards that other programs should strive to achieve.
Next up for the Vaquero Guard is a Florida Marching Band Coalition competition in Chiefland, Fl, on Saturday, October 8th.