MARCHING BAND SEASON HIGHLIGHT
December 5, 2019
A halftime show is only a halftime show until you look at the impact the performance has on lives. To some marching band is a performing art, to others a sport, but to those involved, marching band is an expression and a part of who they are– a home. It is a rush when their feet stop to carry out the last note or throw their highest flag toss. Marching band is so much more than a halftime show, it is a story read through music and movement.
The Connersville marching band and guard’s 2019 show was called “Wisps of Fate.” Their show included an original piece created by Mr. Levi Thompson, the band director, as well as Will O’ the Wisps, Lothloren and Mo Ghile Mear.
Aside from performing at football half times, the marching band and guard compete in many competitions within their season. These competitions are highly competitive and has bands up against other bands in their class. They are divided into class based on their school’s enrollment. The groups range from group A, being the smallest, to group AAAAA, being the largest. Connersville High School is group AAA.
The band and guard competed in a total of six competitions. At Ben Davis they placed ninth, at sound of north and Lawrence Central they received participation, they received second place at New Palestine, thirtieth at the state fair, and silver at the preliminaries.
“The feeling I have after a good performance is a sense of being star stuck. I have a rush of relief that I did well and a sense of wonder to see how we prevailed,” freshman Connor Noah stated. Noah joined marching band in eighth grade because the band was in need of a sousaphone player, and he has been putting in hard work ever since.
The marching band and guard put in countless hours of practice, beginning even before school starts. In the summer, band camp is held for hours a day and allows them to practice the fundamentals and start to bond with each other. Once school starts, they even hold morning practices before school begins. Because they spend so much time together, it is no surprise they start having a family-like atmosphere and forming new relationships. “My favorite part about marching band is being a part of a group of people who are very close with each other, and making lifelong memories with those people.” Junior Megan Lucas continued, “It [joining marching band] was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
With Marching season being over, the pep band has begun playing at the CHS basketball games.