Coaches and players are the not only ones who prepare for night Friday football games as bands in Neshoba County work hard to prepare for halftime shows in summer band camps.

The Pride of Philadelphia held their band camp July 15-18.

The band's show this year is entitled Fun Nights featuring "Party Rock Anthem," "We Are Young," "Some Nights" and "Umbrella Beach."

Associate Director Wayne Benn said the band will march 80-100 students in grades 8th-12th.

They will also go to at least three contests at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Union High School in Union and Gordo High School in Gordo, Ala.

With Eric Perry leaving the band program, Philadelphia has replaced Perry with the 29-year band veteran Sidney Hamilton.

Benn said, "We are very glad to have Mr. Hamilton. He has awesome work ethics; he's a people person and just a great professional. We are looking to a good start for a great year."

The Pride of Philadelphia is under the field command of drum majors Kaelin Gentry and Randi Kelly.

Benn said students are very motivated this year to have a superior year.

"Their marching great fundamentals and their playing is superb. The spirit of the band is contagious and I think that will sell the show.

"I want to thank the administration, band parents and business for supporting us. We are expecting a fun and superior show," said Benn.

Neshoba Central High School held their band camp July 18-26.

This year's show is entitled "FLY" featuring music "Learn to Fly," "Ready to Fly," "Come Fly With Me" and "Flying/E.T."

The band boasts a total of 140 band members and will compete in three contests at Copiah Academy in Gallman, East Mississippi Community College and Gordo High School.

Neshoba Central Band is under the field command of drum major Ben Pace.

Band directors this year include Daniel Wade, Scott Sullender and Amanda May.

"Students have worked very hard this summer to prepare for our upcoming performance and contest season," said Wade. "We will continue to keep our marching band [superior rating] streak going 34 years strong."

Recently, the band performed at the Neshoba County Fair.