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Sep 10, 2013 7:27 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Breaux Bridge Alumni Band Strikes Up

Former band members from Breaux Bridge High School are trying to bring the tunes back to their old stomping grounds. The music stopped four years ago, when Breaux Bridge High School lost its band director. But the legacy lives on, through the Breaux Bridge High School Alumni Band.

"It was all in our hearts, but we just didn't know where to start," President and member of the Breaux Bridge Alumni Band, Tremaine Rossyion said.

The alumni band started after Rossyion put up a post on facebook, and created a band Facebook group.

"We just started adding as many people as we knew in the band to get them to comment at pictures at memories, just to bring that high school spirit back," Rossyion said.

Last Sunday was the alumni band's first practice, with more than 30 attending.

"We had our own style, we had our own unique style. And when Breaux Bridge High stepped out, everybody looked for Breaux Bridge High at parades, football games, pumped up the football team and everything, it was just the heartbeat of the school," Breaux Bridge Alumni Band member Michael Barber, said.

Breaux Bridge High School Principal Louis Blanchard says he's excited about the alumni band. However, getting the school's band program back boils down to finding a qualified band director, the instruments, and money to fund the program. But the alumni are still hopeful.

"It's always good to have your actual home band performing, where you can cheer in the stands and give that push for the football team," Rossyion.

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