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POSTED: April 11, 2011 1:30 a.m.
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North Georgia College & State University's Golden Eagle Band has been performing its latest production, "Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Pirate Fantasy, " all across the state this year. The band, one of the oldest in the nation, will perform Tuesday night at Riverside Military Academy.

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With a show that features more than 50 musicians and dancers, North Georgia College & State University’s Golden Eagle Band performances are nothing short of a full-out production.

For the last two months, the Eagles have taken their "Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Pirate Fantasy" show on the road. They’ve performed in schools all across Georgia and even made their annual appearance at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

"We have been doing this type of tour for the last three years," said Andy David, head of North Georgia’s department of performing arts.

"Our performances have been seen by more than 10,000 people in high schools, colleges and community arts venues throughout the Southeast. We have also performed in New Orleans and Washington, D.C."

In addition to staging performances all over the country, the Golden Eagles have a very interesting history. The band is the oldest organization on Northeast Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. It was formed in 1873, 138 years ago, which makes it one of the oldest marching bands in the United States, school officials say.

On Tuesday, Gainesville audiences will get the opportunity to see the band for themselves, at the group’s 7 p.m. performance at Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville.

It is free and open to the public.

The group’s pirate-themed show features 55 performers — including brass players, percussionists and a "front ensemble" of performers who will be using a variety of woodwind and electronic instruments. The show also includes six dancers who perform various modern pieces with flags, rifles and sabers.

The performance features "high-speed kaleidoscopic drill, visual effects and the Golden Eagle Band’s signature brand of super-charged music." It is divided into 7 scenes. Each scene depicts a different, imagined aspect of a pirate’s life.

The show will include compositions like Hans Zimmer’s "Pirates of the Caribbean" and John Williams’ "Hook."

"People familiar with the Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International activities will recognize the type of performance we deliver," David said. "Though we often incorporate other elements more akin to Cirque du Soleil. Military music and patriotic tributes are also part of our package."



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