Branson’s White House Theatre Welcomes Director Jerry Hoover and 300 Piece Award Winning Band

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 – Branson, Missouri –

Branson’s White House Theatre is opening it’s doors, WIDE, to welcome 300 members of Missouri State University’ Award Winning Pride Marching Band, who will be attending The Magnificent Seven Variety Show on August 20th as part of the Band’s “2008 Boot Camp” program.

“This is so exciting for us,” said Tamra Holden, a headliner and producer for the Magnificent Seven Variety Show. “It is an honor and a privilege that our show has been chosen for such an unprecedented event, and I am sure there will be an amazing party atmosphere that evening!”

Says Band Director Jerry Hoover, “The kids are really going to enjoy the musical variety. This show is fast paced with lots of energy and really talented performers, and there is music for all ages, both young and old. Even the music that is outside of one’s own time frame still draws you in, and these kids are all about music.”

The Pride Marching Band, led by 23 year veteran Director Hoover, is rated one of the finest marching bands in the country, and was recently invited to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Known nationwide for its sound, explosive drum line and crack-precision flag line, the band has also been featured in events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Orange Bowl Parade. They have also appeared in the Super Dome for the New Orleans Saints, in the TransWorld Dome for the St. Louis Rams, at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs, at Mile High Stadium for the Denver Broncos, and, in 2005, had the privilege of being the honor band in the London New Year’s Day Parade.

“Bands have to apply for the Tournament of Roses Parade two years in advance and most never make it,” said Hoover. “When they first started calling to invite us to be the Honor band, I ignored them. I didn’t think it was real. I am not sure that has ever been done before. It turns out the current President of the Tournament of Roses Parade started working to get us as the Honor band six years before he was ever even elected President!”

Joe Tinoco, also a headliner and producer for the Magnificent Seven Variety Show, noted that “our show moves pretty fast, but not as fast as their drum line! Seriously, though, we perform a lot of music that these kids are going to recognize, and we are just going to have a really great time having them here with us.”

Band Camp for this year’s Pride Marching Band runs from August 15th through August 24th, with their first half time performance set for September 4th. They are also scheduled to appear as an Exhibition Band at the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival in October, and will present a “Musical Salute to Our Veterans” this November.

The Magnificent Seven Variety Show, currently in its 7th year of production, showcases seven decades of music with 16 entertainers and musicians, 75 production numbers, and over 300 costume changes. Enjoy a delicious four course meal served prior to show time. Performances are Monday through Saturday at 7pm, and children 11 and under are FREE! Call 877-487-2386 for reservations and information.

Contact: Renee’ Johnson – Marketing Director – 417-239-3016 [email protected]

Branson’s White House Theatre, located in the heart of Branson, Missouri, offers the finest in family entertainment and dining. Open year round, the Magnificent Seven Variety Show delivers a blockbuster wave of entertainment Monday through Saturday, with 16 multitalented entertainers and musicians, 75 production numbers, over 300 costume changes, and Seven Amazing Decades of Music served up with one Incredible Dinner! The Dixieland Breakfast Show features a fabulous country breakfast followed by a generous helping of the hottest horns in Branson. Sit back and enjoy a Dixieland variety show starring award-winning pianist Tracy Heaston that will put a smile on your face and have you hand-clappin’ and toe-tappin’ to the very best in American music and comedy!

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