The Spirit of McIntosh poses for a photo with Freddie Falcon after their performance. Photo courtesy of Camilla OConnell
The Spirit of McIntosh poses for a photo with Freddie Falcon after their performance. Photo courtesy of Camilla O”Connell

A spirited breakfast with Governor Kemp

The Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band performs at the Georgia Chamber’s Eggs and Issues Breakfast

On Jan. 10 the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band had a field trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues Breakfast. The band was invited to perform this year under the leadership of head band director Barbara Baker and assistant band director Trenton Hopkins. Previous years often include performers from high school and college bands.

The week leading up to the performance the band had a practice and worked on memorizing the national anthem and a piece titled Alligator Alley and with this a select brass group learning Georgia On My Mind that was requested. The brass group included:

Soloists- Leo Gil and Seth Love

Mellophone player- Avery Allen

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Tuba player- Carter Bennett and Thomas Wagoner 

Trumpet players- Aj Evans, Aden Dietrich, Anna Fortner and Savannah Hayes 

Trombone players- Aran Anuraj, Airi Misugi, Amelia Ruth and Maika Yanagita 

The Eggs and Issues event is annual and included Georgia residents from all over the state gathering in Atlanta. The event is held as the official start to the state legislative session and it is simultaneous with the General Assembly. The event hosts around 2,500 people some of which are top-level officials and business leaders for the state of Georgia. The general goal of the event is to start discussion regarding the status of Georgia’s economy.

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Savannah Hayes
Savannah Hayes, News Editor
McIntosh High School senior Savannah Hayes is serving her second year as the McIntosh Trail’s news editor. Hayes has been on the Trail staff since 2021 and has enjoyed every moment of working with the staff. Just this past school year, Hayes won three awards for her writing given to her by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). Hayes won superior writing for In-Depth News, Features and Social Media Storytelling. She can not wait for another marvelous year on the Trail staff. Hayes has received countless accolades throughout both high school and middle school. Hayes has been a part of National Honor Society (NHS) since 2023, Science National Honor Society (SNHS) since 2023, Beta Club since 2021, National English Honor Society (NEHS) since 2021 and National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since 2022. In middle school, Hayes was in Jr. Beta Club and received the Silver Service Hour Award in eighth grade and the Bronze Service Hour Award in seventh grade. Every semester since her freshman year, Hayes has been on the Gold Honor Roll. Outside of the Trail, Hayes works as a volunteer intern at Zoo Atlanta. She took AP Biology and is currently taking Anatomy and Physiology at McIntosh to help achieve her goal of majoring in Animal Science. Hayes is currently the High Brass Section Leader of the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band, of which she has been a member since 2020. Hayes has played the trumpet in various concert bands since 2017. As a Dual Enrollment, Student Hayes is currently attending Clayton State and has been a part of the program since 2022.
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