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Alumni choir, prepare for Brandon High School centennial

BRANDON – Brandon High School’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated March 1 with performances by ensembles of music students from current and prior years’ classes.

All former choir, Aquilla (show choir), band, color guard and dance squad alumni are invited to participate. Performances will be at McLane Stadium and Pat Fussell Field, 300 N. Kings Ave.

Marilyn Rose Nicholson, director of Brandon High choirs, will distribute music at rehearsals, the dates and times of which will be provided when alumni contact Nicholson. The alumni choir will sing “Fly Like an Eagle,” and alumni Aquilla will sing “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Repertoire may change.

Nicholson anticipates a sizable group. Although “choir alumni have gone on to success in all walks of life, from professional music careers to pharmacy and medicine, many, if not most, continue singing, or at least have music as an important part of their lives,” said Nicholson.

The Brandon High alumni band will be directed by the school’s current director of bands, Melanie Driscoll. They will stand and “perform the ‘Brandon High School Alma Mater,’ ‘America the Beautiful,’ the current school fight song (The University of Notre Dame’s ‘Victory March’) and the original school fight song (‘On, Wisconsin’),” said Driscoll.

Ken Norton, a Brandon High alumnus and Alonso High School band director, helped Driscoll find an arrangement of “On, Wisconsin” similar to the version he remembers playing. Driscoll purchased copies of the music and will scan it and post it here online so alumni may start practicing.

Driscoll, who is in her sixth year of teaching at Brandon High, expects a very large turnout.

“I’m sure it will be an impressive performance. I’m really excited about it,” she said.

Former band members may contact Driscoll at (813) 744-8120, ext. 311, or [email protected]

Choir and Aquilla alumni may email Nicholson at [email protected]

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at [email protected]

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