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Marching Band has the Blues

South Marching Band’s halftime shows keep getting cancelled

How is it possible to stay positive through three-hour practices in the heat of the summer and the chill of fall? Marching band knows how.

Marching band is a rigorous school activity that involves all four grades. Lately, they have had to miss two halftime shows at the football games due to inclement weather.

This year’s theme is about the different experiences a lighthouse goes through in a day. The four parts include the sunrise, during the day, the sunset and a storm.

“We are incorporating lots of visual movements and props and sound effects to make the show more interesting and look more professional,” said senior drum major Emma Kubart.

Because of the electronics used in the show, they are unable to perform in the rain, says Kubart. The rain can seriously damage the equipment.

Freshman Taylor Hannah said she is disappointed by missing performances.

Hannah said, “We do all of this work in rehearsals and find out the game is cancelled.”

Some members of the band are a little happy about missing the games because of all the work. Marching band is a class that happens every other day with huge three-hour practices on Tuesday nights.

Hannah Womack, sophomore said, “Honestly, it’s a little bit of a relief and it’s nice to catch a break.”

Missing these performances are worrying band members about the upcoming competitions, according to Kubart.

“We needed the practice so that we can do well in the B.O.A. competition in St. Louis,” said Kubart.

Every year, with the seniors leaving and the freshman arriving, you never know what the band is going to be like. It can be a totally different environment.

“The show is more difficult this year. It’s more rough around the edges,” said sophomore McCartney Carlson.

Some freshman are amazing, said Carlson. There are “very good musicians this year,” said Kubart.

Transitioning to high school can be very difficult for freshmen. Upperclassmen like Kubart try to take freshmen under their wings because it benefited them so much.

“I just remember to the time when I was an underclassman and the senior took me under their wings and helped to shape me into who I am now,” said Kubart.

“I like being with upperclassman because it is a chance to meet people before being an actual freshman. It makes it easier to transition,” said freshman Toby Frick.

Drum majors like Kubart “act as a communication bridge between the band and directors.” They take underclassmen under their wings to help them transition.

“We are like the spiritual epicenter of the band,”  said Kubart, “and it’s our jobs to make sure that everyone stays positive throughout the season and works really hard.”

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