VSU band director James Holden, left, works with piccolo player Gianna Green, right, and other woodwind players during a rehearsal last week in Davis Hall.
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The VSU Trojan Explosion works for its showmanship and sound
It is 5:45 a.m. and the early August sun is beginning to rise over the Appomattox River. Just north upon a hill, 115 students scurry out of dormitories that are largely empty until fall classes begin. The students’ destination is Davis Hall, where they’ll spend the next 12 hours practicing formations, maneuvers, sheet music, dance routines and more.