Motown legends to perform at TSU game

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 1999

Staff Writer

Fans attending the Troy State University-Florida A&M football playoff game Saturday in Troy will get to see a lot more than football.

The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards will perform at halftime with the Sound of the South Marching Band. Edwards is one of the original members of the world famous singing group.

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Kickoff for the NCAA Division I-AA football playoff game is 1:20 p.m. at Richard M. Scrushy field at Memorial Stadium.

Tickets cost $15 for chair back seats, $10 for reserved seats, $8 for general admission and $5 for students. To buy tickets, call 1-877-TSU-TICS.

Robert W. Smith, director of bands at Troy State University, encouraged people to get tickets early because the Temptations will play the show once toward to home side of the stadium. TSU is expecting the game to sell out.

"A whole contingent of our town that never comes to see the games will come Saturday to see the Temptations," Smith said. "We want to pack the stands."

He said the opportunity to get the Motown recording artists came through Shane Porter, a TSU graduate student.

Porter plays trumpet in the group’s backup band and writes the group’s arrangements. He is pursuing a masters of music degree in music composition under Smith.

He also serves as Smith’s graduate assistant and has been a member of the Temptations for eight years.

Porter was instrumental in getting the Temptations to alter their touring schedule to include Troy. They were scheduled to be in Philadelphia Saturday, but the group changed those plans as a favor to Porter, Smith said.

Saturday’s program will begin with the Sound of the South Marching Band playing "Get Ready," and the Temptations will join them in playing "The Way You Do the Things You Do," he said. The program will conclude with the group’s finale arrangement of "My Girl."

"The finale arrangement is the way the Temptations close their concerts," Smith said.