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Monday, October 20, 2014

Budding Journalists - Got Music?: A Peek into the Life of the Highlands Marching Band

The Highlands Marching Band performs during this year's 4th of July Parade/FTM file

by Megan Benzing
FTM "Budding Journalist" 

Have you ever thought about joining the Highlands Marching Band? If so, this article will cover what you need to know about the Highlands Marching Band.

Sunshiny Summer

First, you need to be prepared for band camp in the summer. Practice starts the 1st week of July so they can march in the 4th of July parade. A week after, they start the official band camp. That usually lasts around 2 weeks. During that time, the “newbies” which are the new people, learn how to march as the band refreshes there marching skills. They also learn their 1st part of their show. These practices take up full days. So, therefore The Twisty Grill (Restaurant/kids hangout) provides them with free lunch! Now, were heading into fall!

Fall Fun   

In the fall, you will have regular practices. On October 4th, the Highlands Marching Band went to the Bengals stadium to perform with the U.C. band for U.C. band day. For U.C. band day, 9 High school bands participated for it. Also, at the Highlands football games, the band performs their routine and song to the audience at halftime. Anyway, were heading into winter now!

Wonderful Winter

In the winter, there’s much fun! The color guard, (the people who spin the flags) transitions into a winter guard team. The winter guard team competes against other Kentucky and Ohio High School winter guard teams. If you’re the winner of you’re category, you usually win a bag of M&Ms. But that’s not all, there’s also winter percussion. Winter percussion also competes against Kentucky and Ohio winter percussion teams. They compete January through March. Here we go on to spring! 

Spring Sadness

Spring is the final season, but here’s the thing, there is no spring season for marching band. You are done with marching band in the fall, but you have the choice to do winter guard or winter percussion. That means you only have 2 seasons. So, that’s what makes some people in band sad. Finally, you can start to get ready for the next season.

Everlasting Interviews

Here is some stuff that some of the members of the marching band said: “This is my 3rd year in marching band. Its hard work, but fun to perform. I play the trumpet. You can also get scholarships. Every body should do Marching band!” says Abbey Parott, 10th grade.

Rainey Singer says, “I’ve been in marching band for 2 years. I love being with my friends in the summer. I play the marimba and I feel fabulous about marching band!”

Erin Field, 8th grader says, “This is my 1st year and I have made lots and lots of band friends! I play the trumpet and I’m ready to perform!”

Mrs. Duncan, the band director said, “This is my 14th year in marching band! Everybody loves the music. It’s lots of fun!”

You now have information about the marching band. Next time you think about joining Highlands Marching Band, now you know some reasons why you might.

Megan Benzing, a 6th grader at Highlands Middle School, is an aspiring writer. She was a writer for Ruth Moyer’s Horse's Mouth. She also enjoys playing tennis and soccer.

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