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Southern Pride to Join Alumnae Elizabeth Cook on The Late Show with David Letterman

STATESBORO, Ga. – Feb. 22, 2013 – Four drummers from the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band will accompany country music singer, songwriter and Georgia Southern alumnae Elizabeth Cook when she performs on the Late Show with David Letterman on March 14, 2013.  The show will air that evening at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on CBS.

The Marching Band members who will perform with Cook include:

Sergio Arreguin, junior, Music Education (Baxley, Ga.)

Trey Exley, senior, Exercise Science (Rincon, Ga.)

Jose Morales, senior, Communication Arts (Richmond Hill, Ga.)

Jimmy Rotureau, junior, Nursing (Guyton, Ga.)

Each of the members was chosen by the band director, Colin McKenzie, DMA, based on several factors including seniority, leadership and academic performance.

Elizabeth Cook, the youngest of 11 half-brothers and sisters, grew up in rural Florida where her musician parents met while playing in local country bars. She is a relentless performer, touring worldwide, including well more than 200 performances at The Grand Ole Opry. Cook currently hosts, “Apron Strings”, weekday mornings on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel. Her latest EP, Gospel Plow, is some of her favorite Southern Gospel songs (well, six Gospel songs and a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Jesus”).   Cook is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Southern with dual degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.

The Georgia Southern band members will depart for New York on March 12 and will rehearse with Cook on March 13.  Cook recently traveled back to Statesboro for an initial rehearsal with the drummers at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. While in New York, the band members will attend a Broadway show and visit some historical sites to add an educational component to the trip.

“This will be the first trip to New York City for most of these students,” said McKenzie.  We are extremely thankful for Elizabeth including us in this opportunity as it is an exciting and unique opportunity for our students to represent Georgia Southern University on a national stage.”

For more information about Elizabeth Cook, visit: www.elizabeth-cook.com.  For more information on the Late Show with David Letterman, visit: www.cbs.com/shows/late_show.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.

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