SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Credit to the Big Red Machine

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 01:23 PM.

It's no secret that, as a sports guy, I've not always had the best relationship in the world with the local high school bands.

There have been times when I may have too quickly criticized based on my observations of events unfolding at a football game.

I've written of halftime shows going too long and bands not being in tune to what's happening on the football field as they've played in the stands.

But today I have nothing but praise for Crestview High School's Big Red Machine Marching Band for their efforts at Crestview's game at Navarre on Sept. 20.

The Big Red Machine has never been better at helping the Bulldogs with timely playing than it was against the Raiders.

The volume and impact of the tunes coming from the band overpowered whatever the Raider band could muster. This was especially true in the third quarter when Navarre was driving for the end zone.

On cue, when the Raiders were in front of the band, The Big Red Machine powered up and drowned out any possible chance the Raiders had of communicating with one another. I was in the press box at the time and the Navarre announcers even commented on how much louder the Crestview band was at that key moment in the football game.

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