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Video of the Week: Harlem Shake at East Cobb Park

Harlem Shake-ing at East Cobb Park this February. Do you recognize any of your neighbors?

Video of the Week: GSO offers opportunities for youth

Lend us your ear and listen as area youth showcase their talents with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, part of the GSO.

Video of the Week: Lassiter chorus sings Star Spangled Banner

Lassiter Chorus students showed their patriotic pride when they performed the Star Spangled Banner at a 2012 Atlanta Braves game. O say can you see your neighbor?

Video of the Week: East Cobb Middle School Dance Team

You go girls! The East Cobb Middle School Dance Team performed during an Atlanta Hawks game this Spring at Philips Arena.

 

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Video of the Week: East Cobb’s Melanie Moore on Ellen!

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Check out East Cobber and Rhythm Dance Alum Melanie Moore dancing on Ellen Degeneres last month!

 

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Video of the week: Alfred Watkins retires after creating world-renowned band program

More than 30 years ago, when Alfred Watkins took a position at Lassiter High School, he replaced someone who declared the school community would never support a music program.

Boy, was he wrong.

Watkins retires this month as a true icon.

The numbers tell the story: four performances in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade; three appearances in the esteemed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; two Bands of America National Grand Championships: and one big building at the school with his name on it.

“His reputation is outside of it here. It’s bigger than Cobb County. It’s bigger than Georgia. It’s bigger than the Southeast,” said Stephen Hamlin, parent of four former and current band students and former president of the Lassiter High School Band Boosters. “They’re (the Lassiter Band) renowned everywhere they go.”

“Alfred has been the foundation of the band program at Lassiter,” said Ann Rives, a Lassiter High counselor whose daughter served as drum major. “They’ve gotten every band award possible and the kids have gotten every award possible,”

“He is phenomenal,” Hamlin said. “Alfred provides a life-lesson, not just a music lesson, for the parents, the children, for everything.”

“No mentor in my life that’s has as much of an impact than he has,” said former student Andrew McMillan. “What he taught me was more than how to be in a band and how to be a musician. It was how to be a leader.”

“It’s about being better than you were the day before. It’s about pushing yourself to reach your potential and after you’ve reached you’re potential, and after you’ve reached that potential it’s pushing yourself to surpass it,” McMillan added.

Watkins looks back on his many blessings with pride.

“Band experiences are kind of like children, you don’t compare them. You just kind of enjoy the space that you’re in at the time,” he said.

He estimates he’s taught between 10,000 and 11,000 students and done “high school football games for 440 Friday nights.”

As he retires, it’s clear he’s leaving behind quite a footprint.

“His presence will be felt for many generations to come just because of the groundwork he’s laid here,” Hamlin said.

(Reprinted from 11alive.com)

 

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Video of the Week: Kell High School Jazz Band

Kell High School Jazz Band 1 – Take 5. 2013 district XII Jazz Performance Evaluation. Held at Walton High School.

Video of the Week: Katie Hollenshead performs Everything Else

East Cobber Katie Hollenshead performing Everything Else – Next to Normal at the ShowStoppers Competition at Act3 Productions.

 

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Video of the Week: “The Show” Pope High School Cabaret

Students Finnian P. Owen and Ananda Costa performing “The Show” at Pope High School’s Cabaret Concert.

 

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Video of the Week: Band is good!

 

Pope High School Band students share their experiences and discuss the benefits of joining the band. Band is Good from LCP Production on Vimeo.

 

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