Sibling rivalry on the field for Georgia, Georgia Tech bands Saturday

- Saturday’s version of “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” will feature a Georgia team trying to go into the S.E.C. Championship game with only one loss, and a Georgia Tech team trying to upset the Dawgs and qualify for a bowl game.

But the game will also feature an unusual sibling rivalry.

A Clarkesville family will travel to Atlanta to watch their son march in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band, and their daughter marches as a member of the Georgia Redcoat Marching Band.  

Brendan Dukes will march for the last time at Grant Field Saturday after being a member of the Tech band for the past 4 years. 

His sister Katherine will march at Tech for the first time as the sophomore music major joined the Redcoats this year.

The halftime performances are an obvious source of pride for their parents.

Both Brendan and Katherine marched in the Habersham Central High School band, where their father Ryan is the band director.

Ryan had to make an adjustment when his oldest went to college.

Mother Nora said, “My husband is a huge Georgia fan, so he had to readjust his allegiances when his son went to Tech.”

With Friday night high school games, Saturday band competitions, and two children at two different colleges, it’s been a challenge for the Dukes to make it to every game but they will be in Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday.

Nora, Ryan and their youngest child will sit in the Tech section Saturday in support of Brendan’s final home game.

For the game, the family will wear specially-made shirts to support the brother and sister.

The front will have a blended Georgia and Georgia Tech emblem and colors that states “I’m With The Band” in the front and “Dukes 2017” on the back.

Brendan who plays mellophone will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and begin medical school in the fall.

Katherine plays the clarinet.

Tech hosts Georgia at Noon Saturday.

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