Special thanks to photographer Beth Fornuto for offering to highlight our high school marching bands in words and pictures. Each month, she will highlight a different band.
The Cherokee High School band is made up of 175 of Cherokee County’s brightest and most dedicated musical athletes, representing a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. Cherokee’s 2023 production holds a special place in the hearts of the seniors, who began their journey as freshmen under the cloud of COVID in the fall of 2020.
The Band of Warriors performed at the first football game in Georgia in 2020 as they participated in the annual Corky Kell Classic. Another appearance at the event in 2021 was one of the first games — and band performances — in the nation. The Cherokee band also participated in the Tournament of Champions at Western Carolina University (2021), the Disney 50th Anniversary Parade (2022) and played at Universal Studios (2023).
This year, they are ready to conquer new heights as they prepare to compete at The Super Bowl of Sound at Central Carroll High School. They also will be making triumphant returns to the Tournament of Champions at Western Carolina and the North Georgia Marching Championships at South Forsyth High School. Since emerging from the challenges of the COVID year, the band estimates that it has performed in front of half a million enthusiastic spectators. Their alumni currently are marching at 17 universities across the country.
The Band of Warriors’ 2023 Field Production entitled “All Aboard!” is under the direction of Garrick Cheyne and Brandon Worley. It features an electrifying musical journey with iconic tracks.
The ensemble brings this train-themed extravaganza to life, complete with a captivating, interactive train prop weaving its way through the performance. In this show, you’ll find a musical selection that resonates with everyone. It’s a journey through time and sound, with melodies that transport you to unforgettable destinations.
“All Aboard” promises to be an unforgettable ride, and you are invited to join them on this exhilarating musical journey through the world of trains and melodies.