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High School Band Plays On Through The Darkness

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by Jason Lamb

COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. – A high school marching band's unique reaction to a stunt pulled after a contentious high school football game in Coffee County has gone viral.

Tullahoma High School's football team beat the Coffee County Central High School football team in the annual "Coffee Pot" match up on Friday.

After the game, Tullahoma's band took to the field to perform their marching show, but during the performance, school officials said two Coffee County supporters shut off the lights to the field, leaving the marching band in complete darkness.

"It was weird seeing the lights go out, and flashlights running all over with band moms going everywhere," said senior marching band member Chris Doty.

Video of the incident showed the band pause for a while as the band directors decided what to do next. Instead of stopping, the band continued with their show, marching it to completion in the dark, in front of an ecstatic crowd of supporters.

"I thought it was absolutely pretty exciting to say, ‘We rocked it in the dark, and we're able to kick some butt,' you know?" said freshman Jacob Latham.

Band members, some of whom have performed in adverse conditions before, said their band director has taught them the importance of perseverance even in less-than-ideal conditions.  It was a life lesson they said translated beyond marching band.

Band members said Friday's stunt was the perfect opportunity to put that philosophy to the test.

"We perform with no lights now, so apparently that can't stop us anymore either," said drum major Kaleb Strite.

After the performance, band members from Coffee County Central High School Band, who hosted the Tullahoma band, joined the Tullahoma band members on the field in a show of support, with band parents from both schools cheering them on.

School officials said the two people responsible for shutting off the lights have been caught.

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