Behind the Flags: David Singleton’s Story

Ashley Jones and Emma Smith

To the average gameday viewer, color guard is nothing but waving flags during halftime at a home football game, but to David Singleton, senior color guard captain, color guard is much more.

“It’s been a very great season,” Singleton said.

The Southern Pride Marching band’s color-guard has been working hard this summer and has a lot in store for the upcoming football season. The first year captain says that the team is on the same accordance this season, working hard to give their instructor, Kristen Martin, a good show.

“We know she wants a good show and we’re trying to give that to her,” Singleton said.

Colorguard Working Hard to Earn Respect

The GS marching band is shedding light on the university by participating in Bands of America Super Regional in Atlanta, GA, which is a national marching band competition.

Schools from South Carolina, North Carolina and more come to this competition to show off their school pride and GS will be no different. This will be Southern Pride’s first invitation to the competition.

“We want to let them know, ‘Hey, we’re Southern Pride marching band and we’re just as good as the other guys,” Singleton said.

It all Started from the Stands

Singleton says not only has he seen The Southern Pride marching band flourish, but also Paulson Stadium, which is one of the many reasons why he decided to join the color guard. Despite all the fun Singleton has had while being a captain of the team, he says the preparation process can be very tiring.

“This is the most tired I’ve been in awhile, because being a captain you have more responsibility,” Singleton said.

The color guard’s first performance will be Sep. 2 at Auburn University in Auburn, Al., during halftime of the first away game. The show will feature selections by Bruno Mars, including Uptown Funk, 24 Karat and Runaway Baby.

The Bands of America will be held in Atlanta, GA, on Oct. 28 at the Mercedes-Benz stadium.