Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Good Hope band to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

New Good Hope High School Band Director Zac Tyree (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The Good Hope marching band is under new leadership, and director Zac Tyree is excited to show what he and the students have worked so hard to create together.

Tyree said this year’s show will pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin; he described the show by saying, “We will be starting the show with ‘Freeway of Love’ featuring two saxophone soloists and ‘Think.’ The production will feature the color guard and the majorettes with ‘I’d Say a Little Prayer’ and ‘Respect.’ The closer will be ‘Natural Woman’ with a special ending concluding our tribute to the Queen of Soul with music that she performed at the 1998 Grammy Awards and the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama.”

Tyree, who graduated from Good Hope in 2008, took on the position of band director in June and is pleased with the progress that the band has made since then.

“The students did an amazing job during band camp. They made a lot of progress with the music for the show in a short period of time,” he said. “The students did an outstanding job at the parent performance during camp. I am very proud of the Good Hope Raider Band.”

The band will be performing later this year at the Mud Creek Marching Festival in Hanceville, the Tennessee Valley Marching Invitational in Muscle Shoals and the Alabama State Marching Championship.

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Heather Mann