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. For more information on the award-winning lines of MFPs, printers, production print systems, and software solutions from Konica Minolta, please visit www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.
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