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Press photoS by LINDA ROTHROCKLaVonte Bouie, football player for Catasauqua High School Rough Riders and part of the marching band, plays the sousaphone during the halftime show at this year’s Turkey Day game. Copyright -       Press photoS by LINDA ROTHROCKLaVonte Bouie, football player for Catasauqua High School Rough Riders and part of the marching band, plays the sousaphone during the halftime show at this year’s Turkey Day game. Copyright -
Members of the CHS Rough Riders marching band perform for the crowd. Copyright -       Members of the CHS Rough Riders marching band perform for the crowd. Copyright -

CHS football player performs in Turkey Day halftime show

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in School

Catasauqua High School Rough Riders football player LaVonte Bouie isn’t just steeped in sports; he’s also in music.

Bouie, who plays guard and direct tackle for the football team, also plays the sousaphone in the Rough Riders marching band. This year, he performed in the Turkey Day halftime show.

According to Bouie, No. 56 on the football team, this year’s Turkey Day game against the Northampton Konkrete Kids was his first Turkey Day appearance in both arenas.

A sophomore, Bouie said this is his first year playing on the football team.

Music, he noted, is cathartic and “makes his brain wander around.”

He began playing the trombone and tuba at Catasauqua Middle School.

“I love to play music,” he recently told The Press. “I never played in the marching band or halftime show.”

Although the Rough Riders football team lost to the Konkrete Kids on Turkey Day, Bouie was looking forward to the unique experience.

“I’m a little excited,” he said of what was to come. “I know we have a tough opponent.”

In terms of playing in the Turkey Day game and halftime show, Bouie understands this will define him — in a positive way.

“I used to dream of doing something that is important,” he stressed.

Bouie said he intends to go to college to major in engineering and political science and participate in the school’s wrestling program.

“All I can do is do something different and take a different path,” he said.