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Dublin High School’s Irish Guard: Musical Cheerleaders for Friday Night Lights

November 19, 2011

Dublin High School Irish Guard View from the Stands

If you’ve ever attended a Dublin High School Gaels football game you’ve seen and heard the Dublin High Irish Guard musically cheering on their fellow students. What you probably didn’t realize is how much fun these student musicians are having as they play the part of musical cheerleaders. They have to time their musical bursts to match the situation on the field and play an important role in motivating the team on the field.

Dublin High Music Director Paul Everts: “‘Musical Cheerleading’ has evolved along with the entire pageantry of Dublin’s version of Friday Night Lights. Coach John Wade has made it a point to embrace the Irish Guard. How has he done that? By staying at the end of the recent Livermore / Dublin High game to watch the Irish Guard perform a rehearsal of their field show, then taking a few moments to talk with the students. Coach Wade has talked to several of the band classes about how important the band is to the team. And by contacting the leadership at Miramonte High School, he helped the Irish Guard travel to its first away league game in over 15 years. Additionally, the Dublin High Athletic Boosters paid for the buses to the game.

Cheerleading Coach Kristine Cousins has embraced the idea of having the drumline partner with the cheerleaders on the track during fourth quarter.  Kristine has also embraced the idea of having the cheerleaders, band and guard perform a song together during the last game of the season. We have met several times about how the two ‘ensembles’ can work together to help the team and crowd!

“The Dublin High Irish Guard feels like a part of the Friday Night Lights. It’s easier to cheer for people who care about you. ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’ – John C. Maxwell.  We have fun because we feel loved and appreciated.  Go Gaels and Happy Thanksgiving!”

Dublin High School’s music program has expanded under the leadership of Music Director Paul Everts, with Field Show performances returning after a multi-year sabbatical (including an 18-school WBA Field Show Competition recently hosted at Dublin High School – read more… and see more…). Later this school year, Dublin High School’s band will be heading to New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall to perform as part of the for the 2012 New York International Music Festival, and marching in the City of Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Dublin High School jazz band also hosts, with other local middle and high school jazz bands, a cancer research fundraising event – Jazzin’ for a Cure (read more…).

So the next time you attend a Dublin High Gaels football game, take a stroll down to the far side of the bleachers to enjoy the musicianship and spirit of the Irish Guard. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

  1. Phyllis permalink
    November 19, 2011 10:29 am

    Nice to see the marching band and Mr. Everts get the recognition they deserve!!!

  2. Cindy Young permalink
    November 20, 2011 9:27 am

    Great article!! Love DHS and the band!


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