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Page 8C September]9, 2018 iREl3orter Addie Sparks praises musical talent Braswell and Sargent. She was inspired to attend the and camaraderie of UGA's Redcoats university for its academics and being part of its music and sports tradition is icing By Diane Olidewell from Mary Persons laston the cake. news@mymcr.net May. "They couldn't have prepared me better" She arrived on campus Addie Sparks is a proud She began playing in for band camp on Aug. 6, member of the University band in the sixth grade, before classes started on of Georgia Redcoat March- and Middle School BandAug. 13. She had never ing Band, taking the field Director Kyle Sargent been to a UGA football on football game days to planted the seed of her game before she took the create the UGA experience desire to march at UGAfield for the first home and continue the tradi- when he wrote in her year- game on Sept. 8. She said tion in the band's 114th book, "Call me when you Sanford Stadium was year. She earned one of the get into the Redcoats" And incredible, although the coveted positions in the she did email him whenbright sun left many band Georgia band as a fresh- she was selected, members with tan lines man this year after march- Addie said that three of around their UGA face ing with the Mary Persons her directors at Monroe stickers. Black & Gold Bulldogs for County School played for In the tunnel for the five years, beginning as an the University of Geor- Dawg Walk before the 8th grader, gia as they earned their game, Addie was able to "It's a dream come true" undergraduate degrees,shout out to fellow Mary said Addie, who graduated Eric Thompson, StephenPersons alumnus Malik Herring as he took the field with the Georgia team for Established 1823 5691 Hwy. 42 North Forsyth, GA Come Worship & Celebrate With Us! Sunday School 9:00 am Coffee & Fellowship 10:00 am Worship 10:30 am Covered Dish Dinner 11:30 am th~ o^.~ Th, oro ^- r five Mary Persons alumni in Addie's dorm. She has enjoyed seeing the familiar faces while she is making a lot of new friends around campus. The 450 members of the Redcoat Marching Band have been a great source of new friends. It's quite different from MP'S band of about 100 mem- bers. "The level of loud! You can't comprehend it until you're in the middle of it," she said. "So many in the stands and in the band." The large number of band members actually makes the marching part easier because each mem- ber does not have to cover as big a part of the field. Addle said the routines are more intricate, but all of the marchers are experi- enced and know how to dress the line. Practices run a lot faster than they did in high school. On the other hand, the music is more challeng- ing and there are five or six routines to learn for the season instead of one FRIDAY, SEPTEHBEP, 21$T 5 30- 8:30 PM WOW INFLATABLES. DUNK TANK. GAME BOOTHS. PRIZES. FACE PAINTING RAFFLE BASKET, ICE CREAM TRUCK SAND ART. DINNER & SNACK CONCESSIONS ALL-INCLUSIVE BRACELETS = $12.00 (INCLUDES UNLIMITED USE OF INFLATABLES & 6AME BOOTHS) PER TICKET PRICE = $0.50 (EACH flAME BOOTH WILL COST 1 TICKET & INFLATABLES WILL COST 2 TICKETS) "DUNK TANK, SAND ART, FACE PAINTING/TATTOOS, AND ALL CONCESSIONS WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL COST." Pictured is Addie Sparks, center, with fellow freshmen members marching band, Carmen Smith, left, and Katie Vinterella. primary halftime routine. Addie plays clarinet, as she did during most of her time in Monroe County Schools. The clarinet sec- tion at UGA is 41 musi- cians strong, and there are about 20 piccolos. Addle said the woodwinds sec- tion alone is larger than the Mary Persons band. "It's great to be around such talented musicians" said Addie. Many of them, like Addie, love music and con- sider it an important part of their lives, but are not choosing it as their career path or college major. Ad- die is majoring in Interna- tional Affairs with a minor in communication studies. The future may hold a ca- reer with the U.S. Foreign Service or State Depart- ment or an international position in the corporate world. She auditioned for the marching band at .the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music last March. It helped her confidence that she had visited earlier for a high school competition and had met Rob Akridge, who adjudicated her audi- tion. In May she learned that she had qualified for the symphonic band and a $1,000 scholarship. "There are insanely good musicians in my symphon- ic band class" said Addie. She said that her Monroe County band directors, especially Thompson who directed her from 8th- Sept. 28 5pm-8pm Sept. 29 8am.2pm of the UGA Redcoats /, ;.1 12th grade, did a good job preparing her for the chal- lenges and opportunities now coming her way. " "It's paying oW,' she said. " "Band has changed my life." '." She has joined a Face- book group of UGA ': Redcoat band members -'" and alumni that has over a 3 thousand members. It has i 2 impressed her with how : ,: supportive everyone is and with how many lives are touched by the band. "I had a lot of support from my early time at * Mary Persons, but this '. is a new level" she said. "It matters to people. It is weird asking for help, but people care and want you to do well" Addie is the daughter of Kent and Misty Sparks. , Her older sister, Shea, is doing post-graduate stud- - ,' ies at Georgia State Uni- -, : versity and "doing amazing. : things" Her younger sister, Laurel, is a senior and a ' ' ' "phenomenal tuba player" in the Mary Persons band. 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