Musicians march out of marching season with last game
Marching band prepares for last football game of the season
October 25, 2018
On Friday, Oct. 26, the marching band will perform their last pregame and halftime show of the year. While some mourn the end of marching band season, others celebrate for the start of concert band.
For the pregame show, the marching band will perform their signature songs including “Fight Song” and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite.” The vocal ensemble will also contribute to the pregame show by singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and the high school’s “Alma Mater.”
The marching band has been practicing several new songs for their halftime performance including “Caravan,” a jazz song composed by the renowned Duke Ellington and a 1978 award-winning song, “Children of Sanchez.”
In between songs, the seniors in marching band will be introduced as their escorts join them, walking down the football field.
“It’s always sad to see the seniors leave. I have known them for one, two or three years even. It’s sad. We look forward to moving on to other things, though. It’s just sad seeing them walk down the football field because you think ‘oh my god, they’re almost done,’” band director Larry Detwiler said.
This Friday is the final marching band performance for the seniors as high school students.
“I’m very sad. I’m definitely going to miss all my friends and the memories I have made with the marching band,” senior Cooper D’Angelo said.
Over the past couple months of marching practices, bus rides to away games and home games, many members of the band have become close and formed some long-lasting friendships with the seniors.
“I’m really sad about it, honestly. I enjoyed their presence and our time in the stands together. They will truly be missed!” sophomore Carlona Brevard said.
As the marching band season wraps up, concert band season is just around the corner. Shortly after the last marching game, the band will practice for upcoming concerts.
“I think this marching season ended very well.” Detwiler said.
Although band members enjoyed the days of marching band, some have been waiting for concert season to arrive.
“Concert music is so much better. It has better movement and more time to enjoy it because in marching band you’ve got to focus on when to step off and all that. It distracts from the music.” sophomore Colin Allmond said.
On Monday, Nov. 12, the band is participating in the Veteran’s Day parade.