For this week's High Notes, I will first note that I saw a good deal less college football this week than I did in Week 1 or in most weeks. First of all, I made the trip to Raleigh to watch the USF-UF game with a couple of friends of mine and the Raleigh-Durham USF alumni chapter, so while I watched that game in its entirety, I didn't bounce around as much as I usually do when I'm not locked in on one game. And while I fully expected to be mailing in a High Note for the Herd of Thunder this week, the TVs were actually not at a volume that made much hearing possible. And because I continued hanging out with folks for the rest of the day, I didn't catch a critical mass of the day's later games either.
All that said, in week 2 of the NCAA season, I'd like to recognize Southern University's Human Jukebox, though it's not entirely for this week, nor is it entirely for performances at college games. The 'Box easily would have garnered an honorable mention from me last week; while I couldn't tell if they were stellar from the field last week during the MEAC/SWAC Challenge (the camera work certainly wasn't stellar--thanks, ESPN) the absolutely cranked it from the stands. But it was Southern's second performance in less than a week that put them back on my radar. As the NFL season kicked off this past Thursday from the Louisiana Superdome, Southern helped the Saints go marching back in to their home stadium with an NFL championship.
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I'm saddened that I have to do this, but at the same time this is absolutely the appropriate venue. I'd like to bid an all-too-premature farewell to Ricky English, a fellow alum of the Alexis I. duPont High School Tiger Marching Band. Ricky was the year behind me at AI, played the trumpet, and after AI took his talents to Dover, where he marched with DelState's Approaching Storm. Ricky was killed in the early morning hours of September 11, 2010 in Wilmington. Rest in peace, Rick. The Lord's herald trumpet section just got stronger.