When the Commandos take the field each week, they hope to knock their opponents into the stratosphere like a “Rocket Man” propelled down the “Yellow Brick Road” by the “Pinball Wizard.” Their foes will be singing a lot of really “Sad Songs” because they’ve just been extinguished like “A Candle in the Wind.”

We know, we know, enough already.

But it’s hard to stop with the HHS Band of Gold cranking up the music of Elton John during this season’s halftime shows.

Band director Dr. Jeff Phillips said the show is a tribute to Sir Elton because of his influence on popular music and because the 71-year-old star launched his farewell tour this year.

Phillips and the marching band have successfully mined other classic rock catalogs, perhaps most notably the music of the Beatles and Queen.

Among the Elton John tunes the band will perform this season are “Funeral for a Friend” and its companion piece “Love Lies Bleeding,” and the rowdy “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”

You can see the Band of Gold’s Elton John tribute Friday when the Commandos face Station Camp at home.

Let’s hope the Commandos “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Story by Jaron Tabb


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