CCHS Band tuning up for a new year with a new director

CORDELE, Ga. — School begins next week in Crisp County and the Cougar Marching Band is getting ready for another great year.

The 136-member band held their camp this week getting tuned up for this year’s half time show.

The show is not the only thing new this year. The band welcomes a new director. Dominique Lane was hired by the Crisp County Board of Education after the retirement of long-time band director Andy Bell at the end of last year. Lane has spent the last 11 years as band director at Southwest High School in Macon. He says he is excited to be a part of the Cougar Band Program and that camp has been both a learning experience and a chance for him and students to get to know each other.

Students practiced on and off the field and in sections, working on not only musicality but marching as well. Lane assures that this year’s program will not disappoint. The band will be doing a battle of the decades with music from the 80’s 90’s and 2000’s.

The Cougar Band gave South Georgia TV a preview of the halftime music, with a performance of the 1986 Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ on a Prayer.”