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Site gives public a voice in Dobyns-Bennett halftime show selections

April 11th, 2014 12:34 am by Rick Wagner

Site gives public a voice in Dobyns-Bennett halftime show selections

KINGSPORT — If you'd like a voice or vote on what music is played at the Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band's halftime show this fall, now's your chance.

Through a link on the D-B band website, the public is able to have input on the halftime show music selections.

"We are asking for interested parties to pick the selections we will include in our football band show entitled 'Marching Band Favorites.'" a letter to D-B band families and "other interested parties" states.

It directs people to the to vote for up to three selections from the list provided.

Voting is open until April 21.

"We have included YouTube links to all the selections so you can hear the options before voting. The top three or four selections (depending on time) will be arranged into the show."

The selections are among some of the most iconic selections from the past 30-plus years of American marching band music in high school and college, according to band director Lafe Cook.

The candidates are New World Symphony, Malaguena, Ice Castles, Les Miserables Selections, Appalachian Spring, When a Man Loves a Woman, God Bless the Child, 1812 Overture, Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral and Phantom of the Opera Selections.

Voting started when the link went up Monday morning and will continue through April 21, the Monday after Easter.

Cook said Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera are early leaders.

"A lot of the other people would know the music. They might not know the title but they'd know it when they heard it," Cook said.

The link initially was promoted on the band's Facebook page, then went out on an email blast and then through the blog of Assistant City Manager Jeff Fleming.

As of Tuesday, Cook said the site had drawn more than 1,000 voters from 34 states.

As for the last selection for this year's half-time show, Cook said that would be a "surprise." 

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