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From The Archives: North Gwinnett State Championship Rally

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North Gwinnett HS Coach Bill Stewart addresses the crowd (photo via Gwinnett Daily Post)
Peachstate Audio was pleased to be a part of the recent North Gwinnett 7A State Championship win in both big and small ways. North Gwinnett High School is located in Suwanee, GA and is less than a mile away from the office. After an intense, bitterly cold game was played they proved triumphant and won the football game over Colquitt County.

There is a stronger connection than distance between Peachtate Audio and North Gwinnett. Multiple employees attended the school and played on athletic teams at North Gwinnett. Mike O'Rouke, President of Peachstate Audio and NG Alumnus, has served as a community coach for the football team for the last 10 years. In addition to helping the program with their field sound system and coach's headsets, he was also the kicking coach for many of those years.

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Peachstate Audio President Mike O'Rouke with his kickers after the State Championship Game

It was the football team's first state championship, so naturally they wanted to celebrate. Less than a week after the win a community pep-rally celebration was planned at Suwanee Town Park. O'Rouke quickly noticed that a pep rally without proper sound and lighting equipment in a town center park wouldn't be as celebratory as the community deserved. He called up longtime customer Doug Harkrider of North Georgia Sound and Light to see what they could make happen on such short notice. 

NG Pep Rally

With the help of North Georgia Sound & Light, the pep rally was a huge success despite the cold weather and quick turnaround. With the equipment below, hard work, and quick acting, the team enjoyed a well-deserved celebration from the community.

4 X JBL VRX line arrays( 2 per side)
4 X EV ETX subwoofers ( 2 per side)
1 X Midas M32C digital rack mixer with DL32 stage box
1 X Shure ULXD quad 4 wireless mic receiver
4 X Shure ULXD SM58 wireless microphones
2 X ERA LED quad moving heads
6 X Dortron 10 watt LED pars
2 X Dortron 100 watt ellipsoidal spots

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Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette at the pep rally (Photo via Gwinnett Daily Post)

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Members of the community at the pep rally (Photo via Gwinnett Daily Post)


We'd like to thank North Georgia Sound and Light for their assistance in making this pep rally one to remember. We'd also like to congratulate the North Gwinnett Bulldogs for their first state championship in school history!

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