GSU band members drum up recognition for Statesboro

March 10, 2013 by  

Statesboro and the whole of Georgia is to be represented coast to coast, with members of the GSU Southern Pride Marching Band taking to the stage on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The four members, all drummers, are due to appear on next week accompanying popular country music singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook.

The band members are set to depart for New York on March 12, rehearsing with Cook the following day. However Cook, herself a graduate from Georgia Southern University, and the band have already rehearsed together, at the Allen E. Paulson Stadium in Statesboro.

While just four band members have been chosen, it is likely that other band members will really support the group with poster printing and a raft of other celebratory items and events on the night.

As well as appearing on stage with Letterman and Cook, the quartet will also take in a Broadway show. An educational tour of historical sites in the Big Apple is also on the itinerary.

Band director, Colin McKenzie, DMA, summed up the excitement the students are feeling, saying:

“This will be the first trip to New York City for most of these students.

“We are extremely thankful for Elizabeth including us in this opportunity as it is an exciting and unique opportunity for our students to represent Georgia Southern University on a national stage.”

From a musical family and the youngest of 11 siblings, Elizabeth Cook graduated GSU with dual degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems in 1996.
The CBS show is scheduled to air March 14 at 11:35 pm ET or 10:35 pm CT.