Legendary Southwest DeKalb High School Marching Panther Band Comes to Peachtree tv in High-Stepping Unscripted Series



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Legendary Southwest DeKalb High School Marching Panther Band

Comes to Peachtree TV in High-Stepping Unscripted Series

Dallas Austin’s DRUMROLL: SWD

Series Goes Behind the Scenes of Top-Rated Band Featured in Austin’s Blockbuster Movie Drumline

In its first original series since launching on Oct. 1, Peachtree TV is teaming with film and music producer Dallas Austin (ATL, Drumline) to step to the beat of one of the country’s most prestigious marching bands when the legendary Southwest DeKalb (SWD) High School Marching Panther Band comes to the station in Dallas Austin’s DRUMROLL: SWD. The unscripted original series will take viewers behind the scenes of the Marching Panthers, who wowed audiences nationwide when they were featured in the 2002 Austin-produced feature film Drumline. The series is slated to premiere exclusively on Peachtree TV Tuesday, November 27 at 8 p.m.

Building up to the launch of the series, Peachtree TV will air Austin’s movie Drumline Monday, Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., along with commentary from Austin and Orlando Jones, who starred in the film.


The Southwest DeKalb High School Marching Panther Band, which has more than 300-performers, is recognized for its perfection in musicianship, precision in marching and innovative, high-energy performances. The key to their success is the commitment to artistic excellence, discipline and hard work. The Marching Panthers have performed in many prestigious events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York; the Carnival of Flowers in Nice, France; the opening ceremony of the Centennial Olympic Games; and the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade.

DRUMROLL: SWD will open with the story of the Marching Panther’s band camp, when the band members spend several days in concentrated practice, drilling the complex and intricate half-time shows that have made them famous. The show will then follow them throughout the high school football season, as they provide outstanding halftime performances that bring the crowds to their feet every single week. The show’s focus will not only be on the band’s practice and performances, but also on the students, their personal lives and their dedication to becoming the best at what they do.

Austin is creator and executive producer of DRUMROLL: SWD, which is produced by Rowdy Productions and DuBose Entertainment.

Peachtree TV is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s local Atlanta broadcast platform. Driven by an Atlanta-centric, hyper-local sensibility, the channel features nightly blockbuster prime-time movies and a daytime line-up packed with popular sitcoms. In addition, Peachtree TV will also bring local viewers 45 regular season Atlanta Braves baseball games in 2008 as well as other special Atlanta-based events.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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CONTACT:

Gina McKenzie 404-885-4315 gina.mckenzie@turner.com



Sarah Hamilton 404/575-6313 sarah.hamilton@turner.com




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