The children of Lowndes County are literally all over the world this holiday!
From California to Italy, they're strutting' their stuff, and no one's more proud of them than their biggest fans here at home.
Father John O'Brien says, "The fact that we have kids from here in Rome and the band from here is in California, that says a lot about our town. There's some great stuff going on here."
Just about anyone you talk to agrees.
Lowndes County resident Terry Giger says, "The Georgia Bridgemen are as good or better than some college bands I've seen, and they deserve to be anywhere that they can be."
While the children's choir from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church sang for the Pope in Italy, the Lowndes High School Georgia Bridgemen prepared to march in the Rose Parade.
O'Brien says, "It says we got some great kids in Valdosta. It means we got kids that can compete with anybody around the country."
All this excitement reminds a former Georgia Bridgeman of her days in the band.
Jessica Epley says, "New Orleans, and we played for the half time show for the New Orleans Saints."
She says while all the glory is great, there's more to it than that.
"It's very important that they have extracurricular activities so that then they're not taking their time and doing something else they shouldn't be doing," said Epley.
Well, the word’s out and it's no big surprise; Lowndes County has some very talented students and its residents can't wait to see what the new year has in store for them as 2006 begins