East­side’s first drum ma­jor vis­its

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East­side be­gan play­ing var­sity football on Sept. 6, 1996 and the high school’s in­au­gu­ral drum ma­jor was a sopho­more Lori John­son.

John­son served two years as drum ma­jor and then re­al­iz­ing she wanted to be a band di­rec­tor. She thought she should get some ex­pe­ri­ence march­ing on the field, so her se­nior year, she marched sousa­phone.

John­son grad­u­ated from Ge­or­gia Col­lege, is in her 10th year as a mid­dle school band di­rec­tor in the Macon area, and a few years ago mar­ried an­other band di­rec­tor Tim Pi­etro­fere.

This sum­mer when Mr. Pi­etro­fere was named Di­rec­tor of Bands at Jack­son High School, EHS Band Di­rec­tor Alan Fowler had the idea to in­vite John­son, as the First Lady of The Red Reg­i­ment and to con­duct the na­tional an­them as part of the pregame at the East­side-Jack­son football game.

“Hav­ing her on the podium and her par­ents, orig­i­nal East­side band par­ents Kathy and Sam John­son, in the stands was ex­tremely spe­cial,” said Fowler. “Six­teen years af­ter that first game, hav­ing John­son on the podium was pretty neat and I do think the cur­rent mem­bers of The Pride of East­side un­der­stand how spe­cial it was.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

Alan Fowler, band di­rec­tor for East­side High School and Lori John­son Pi­etro­fere, EHS’ first drum ma­jor.

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