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Tullahoma marching band performs in the dark after football game prank

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It's often called the 5th quarter: the show after game when the marching bands take the field and show off their hits.

"We asked them to perform because we wanted to see their show, because it was a cool show," said Bradley Gerard, a senior band member at Coffee County Central High School.

As the Tullahoma High School marching band made their way into the spotlight, the stadium went black.  A couple students from the rival school had turned out the lights.

"I think ultimately that the students that did that thought it would shut us down and we would leave," said Greg English, one of the band directors at Tullahoma High.

But it wouldn't stop the Tullahoma show. "We went out on the field and asked them, can you see?" English recalled. "Yes, sir," the students replied. "Do you think you can play?" English questioned. "Yes, sir," the students said. "Do you want to?" English asked. "Yes,sir."  "So we went, and it was amazing," English said.

With resilience and pride the band marched on, in the dark.

"The stadium was full of cell phones," English said. "Open cell phones and just the lights."

"Just all the energy of the people on that field saying we can do this, and we did, and it was amazing," said Tullahoma band member Stephen Nelson.

Despite the rivalry between the athletic teams, the bands say they have a great relationship. "We performed after them and they turned the lights on for us which I thought was still pretty disrespectful," Gerard said. "I felt pretty bad for it," he added.

The bands took what could have been a negative experience, and displayed true sportsmanship.

"Both bands went down to the field afterwards and basically had a huge celebration, certainly with respect to each other," English says.

"I hope that their band is able to forgive us because that was not in any way our bands fault," Gerard said.

Tullahoma is forgiving while celebrating an accomplishment they won't soon forget.

"We marched those last two songs on a dark football field and we killed it," Nelson said. "It was probably one of the most amazing moments of my life."

The students who allegedly turned out the lights are in trouble with school officials.


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