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A Jolly Good Playlist

Are you wondering what the Southerners will be performing while we’re in the UK? We think you’ll recognize some of these Southerners standards. And of course, what is a Diamond Jubilee without Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, a tune fit for the Queen?

For the Trafalgar Square Concert:

Salvation – Stars Fell – Cheers 1 – 5 – Dixie 2 – Quilting Party – Rooster – ESPN – Firebird – Fire – Southerners Special – Fight Fight for the Red and White – All I Do is Win – Fight Song – Hey – Chameleon (With Ola High School Band) – Dies Ire (With Ola High School Band) – God Save the Queen  (With Ola High School Band)

Opening the Parade:

Stars Fell on Alabama – God Save the Queen – Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Along the Parade Route:

JSU Fight Song –  Fight Fight for the Red and White

Final Grandstands Performance:

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend 

How to Support the Southerners

The Southerners perform for a very enthusiastic home crowd at JSU Stadium.

The Southerners have conducted all types of fundraisers for the London trip, from holding flea markets to selling tickets to a dinner event that was graciously sponsored by a local restaurant, Classic on Noble.

Individual donations are also greatly appreciated and may be sent to:

JSU Foundation / Marching Southerners
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265

Please put “Southerners London” in the memo line on your check.

Also, contributions may be made with a major credit card online at

Thank you for your support!

The Gig of a Lifetime

The Jacksonville State University Southerners learned in Summer 2010 that the band had been selected to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade 2012. On September 23, 2010, a representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited JSU  to hand deliver the invitation, with a twist… the Southerners would lead the parade!

Although an invitation from Her Majesty is considered a great honor in itself, the 2012 parade is even more significant because it is the first official event for both Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

Herald Trumpets

Herald Trumpets welcomed the London delegation to Jacksonville State University on September 23, 2010.

The Honourable Roger Bramble, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, accompanied by Mr. Robert Bone, executive director and founder of London’s New Year’s Day Parade, along with Mrs. Geraldine Bone, delivered the invitation. The entourage toured campus, met city and area leaders and students, and heard a short performance from the Southerners before extending the official invitation.

To be considered for the invitation, a music program must be nominated to the Selection Committee by a previous participant or a regional director of music. A group cannot apply and no audition tapes are submitted. Dr. Paula Crider, Dr. Tom Duffy, Dr. Tom Fraschillo, Gary Locke and Tim Lautzenheiser, all of whom are well-known in the national and international marching band communities, recommended the Southerners.

The Invitation

Lord Lieutenant Roger Bramble, left, presents to JSU President Dr. William Meehan the invitation for the Southerners to lead the 2012 London New Year's Day Parade.

The Invitation

In recognition of an unparalleled reputation for outstanding performance abilities; the Patrons and the Organizing Committee of the New Year’s Day Parade and Festival – London, in association with Youth Music of the World, the Lord Lieutenancy of Greater London, The City of Westminster, and the London Mayors’ Association, take great pleasure in extending an invitation to the

Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners
Alabama, USA

to participate in The 26th annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival, to be held in 
London, England between December 27, 2011 and January 4, 2012.

Roger Bramble
The Lord Lieutenancy of Greater London
High Sherriff of Greater London 1999-2000
Lord Mayor of The City of Westminster 1985-86
Patron and Founder of The London Parade Festival

Of the honor, Bodiford said: “I am so proud of our students. They amaze me each day. They work so hard, in the heat on that hot parking lot, and keep a fantastic attitude. I feel so fortunate to be associated with the Marching Southerners. This honor definitely proves that hard work, a great attitude and discipline pay off!”After the invitation was issued, the real work of getting the band to London began. It will cost just shy of $3,000 per member to get the group of students and staff to London and back, so the Southerners have been raising funds ever since.

For more information on the Southerners from Jacksonville State University, please visit

London Calling

It won’t be long now!

Less than three weeks from today we’ll hop a plane… several, actually… and head east.

It’s strange to be so focused on something other than Christmas at this time of year, but we can’t help but let Baby New Year ride shotgun and relegate Santa to the backseat this year as we plan for the road trip of a lifetime! The band has worked very hard so we can represent the University, Alabama and the U.S. well as we lead the parade. We hope we’ll make you proud!

Throughout this amazing journey we’ll be in touch here on the blog. We hope you’ll follow along as we answer London’s call!

London Calling- CC Image Courtesy of canonsnapper on Flickr