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Southern Pride to appear on Late Show
Band members to back GSU alumna Elizabeth Cook
Southern Pride and Elizabeth Cook rehearsal
Georgia Southern alumna and singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook will be joined by members of the GSU Southern Pride Marching Band on the "Late Night Show" with David Letterman" in March. - photo by Special

Four drummers from the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band will accompany country music singer, songwriter and Georgia Southern alumna Elizabeth Cook when she performs on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
The show is scheduled to air at 11:35 p.m. March 14 on WTOC-TV (CBS).
The Marching Band members who will perform with Cook are Sergio Arreguin, a junior music education major from Baxley; Trey Exley, a senior exercise science major from Rincon; Jose Morales, a senior communication arts major from Richmond Hill; and Jimmy Rotureau, a junior nursing major from Guyton.
Each of the members was chosen by the band director Colin McKenzie based on several factors, including seniority, leadership and academic performance.
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 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,” features six Southern 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,” McKenzie said. “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.”

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