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ASU marching band to star in A&E reality show

August 15, 2014

By Teri Greene, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.



Aug. 15--Today is the last day of "pre-drill camp" for members of the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets Band.

Now, they prepare for national fame.

The band has been selected to star in a reality television show, "Bama State Style," on the popular A&E Network. Cameras arrive on campus Monday and will continue to follow the lives of band members and staff through January -- around the same time the show is scheduled to premiere.

ASU Band director James Oliver said the TV show will be family-based, following students as they navigate through the music program.

Last year, Oliver got an email from Tremendous! Entertainment, the production company behind "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" and several other reality shows. The company was planning a college band-themed show, and the Marching Hornets was one of five it was considering. Representatives visited ASU.

"They wanted to see how the university looked, and they talked to me and a few students," Oliver said. "That email translated into those guys saying, 'We love it here. We don't want to go to any of those other schools."

Oliver said once details -- foremost, ensuring that the university will be portrayed in a positive light -- were discussed and approved by ASU administration, it was set.

Bruce McDonald II, a Marching Hornets drum major, was awestruck at the prospect of the show.

"I've never seen a band be put on national TV," said McDonald, a senior. "It's a blessing, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in a band like this."

He's not nervous.

"People record you all the time," he said of the band's many high school fans who rush to upload the Marching Hornets' performances to You Tube.

Still, "Everyone is excited. We can't wait for the cameras to get here."

Oliver hopes the show conveys the students' dedication, discipline and ability to balance band demands with high grade-point averages. What he wants viewers to see is that "it's more than just a halftime show. It's part of education, part of discipline."

Just to be clear, he added, "We don't lose anybody at halftime. People don't get up to walk around. They sit down to watch our halftime."

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