KONICA MINOLTA GATOR BOWL DRAWS OVER 2500 HIGH SCHOOL by dk02121

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									                                                  NEWS RELEASE
December 19, 2008                                          Contact:       Cheri O’Neill
                                                                          904-798-1700

       KONICA MINOLTA GATOR BOWL
 DRAWS OVER 2500 HIGH SCHOOL BAND, DANCE
AND CHEER GROUP PARTICIPANTS FROM ACROSS
                 AMERICA
(Jacksonville, FL, 11/26/08) Officials of the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and Bowl Games of America
announced today that over 2500 representatives from high school marching bands, dance and cheer
groups from across the country have signed up to participate in the January 1, 2009 Konica Minolta Gator
Bowl. This marks the 22nd year of a partnership between Bowl Games of America and the Gator Bowl
Association and the first year hosting the 1st Annual Gator Bowl Cheer and Dance National
Championship.

All Bowl Games of America participants will be featured in the 2008 Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl
Parade in downtown Jacksonville beginning at 3:00 p.m. on December 31st. The high school marching
bands will take part in a field competition and the winner will perform at the Pre-Game show prior to the
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. The Halftime finale will feature all 2500 young musicians, dancers and
cheerleaders as they pay tribute to Jacksonville with the theme Fun in the Sun.

Huge Economic Impact to the City of Jacksonville
Since 1987, Bowl Games of America has brought over 43000 out-of town high school marching band
members along with their families to Jacksonville for the annual Gator Bowl Classic. This partnership
has generated an economic impact to the City of Jacksonville of $17,150,900 during this time frame. As
provided by Bowl Games of America, this number is based on a 4 night stay, food, game tickets and
souvenirs that averages out to $350 per person. This year alone Jacksonville will see a direct economic
impact of $875,000 just from these out of town participants.

“Over 300 bands and hundreds more dance and cheer groups from across America have traveled to
Jacksonville. With the number of family, relatives and friends within their school and city watching and
hearing about the trip, the amount of marketing exposure benefiting Jacksonville and its Beaches is
priceless,” said Doug Green
Performing High School Marching Bands:
Arcadia High School – Arcadia, CA                              Director: Tom Landes
Amery High School – Amery, WI                                  Director: Bill Baldwin
Bryan High School – Bryan, OH                                  Director: Will Richard
Grand Island High School – Grand Island, NE                    Director: Louie Eckhardt
Jefferson City High School – Jefferson City, MO                Director: Steve Eubanks
McIntosh High School – Peach Tree City, GA                     Director: Barbara Baker
Mountain View High School – Mesa, AZ                           Director: Scott Burgener
Newnan High School – Newnan, GA                                Director: John Erdogan
North Springs High School – Atlanta, GA                        Director: Dennis Naughten
Northwest Whitfield High School – Dalton, GA                   Director: George S. Barnett
Patrick Henry High School – Roanoke, VA                        Director: Sharon Johnson
Riverside High School – Greer, SC                              Director: Kory Vrieze
St. Charles West High School – Saint Charles, MO               Director: Ben Meyer
Wichita Falls High School – Wichita Falls, TX                  Director: Justin Lewis


Performing Cheer & Dance Groups
AYFA Cheer - Alpharetta GA                              Director: Karen Dixon
Beggs High School – Beggs, OK                           Director: Nicole Fuqua
Benjamin E Banneker High School – College Park, GA      Director: Erin Kendrick
Chester Senior High School – Chester, SC                Director: Tammy Graham
Eastern Alamance High School – Mebane, NC               Director: Arielle Sink
Fayetteville-Manilus High School – Manilus, NY          Director: Tami Rigling
Gahanna Lincoln High School – Gahanna, OH               Director: Tara Fisher
New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts – Seabrook, NH Director: Kim Patent
Oak Lawn Community High School – Oak Lawn, IL           Director: Sophia Theodossopoulos
Ridgewood High School – West Lafayette, OH              Director: Kay Bowman
St. Charles West High School – St. Charles, MO          Director: Kim Gough
Union High School – Union, MO                           Director: Bobbie Wilson
US Baton Twirling – Cordova, TN                         Director: Patricia Barnett
Wade Hampton High School – Varnville, SC                Director: Kaye Brown
Academy at the Lakes – Land O Lakes, FL                 Director: Nicole Carr
Chesapeake Senior High School – Pasadena, MD            Director: Lisa Freburger
Dominion Christian High School – Marietta, GA           Director: Sharon Wise
Middletown High School – Middletown, MD                 Director: Melissa Bolt
Lakeside High School – Atlanta, GA                      Director: La’monica Nettles
South Plantation High School – Plantation, FL           Director: Andrea Mele
Jackson Hole High School – Jackson, WY                  Director: Tammy Bartlett

The 64th Annual Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will be played on January 1, 2009. The game will pit a team from the
Atlantic Coast Conference against a team from the Big 12 Conference, Big East Conference or Notre Dame. The
game will be televised on CBS Sports at 1:00 p.m. For information about the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and all
related game week events, go to www.gatorbowl.com.

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solutions from Konica Minolta, please visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

								
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