Category Archives: Marching Band

Q&A with senior Aaron Nottke

By Gracie Vanover

Aaron Nottke is a senior trumpet player in marching band, concert band, pep band, and concert band. This year, Nottke lead a group of 15 students in a trumpet choir for solo and ensemble. They received a gold at district and are advancing to state competition on this Saturday.

BP: How do you lead your ensemble?

Aaron Nottke: “I will have them play something, I’ll listen to it, and give them suggestions to make it sound better.”

BP: As a leader what’s the hardest challenge for you?

AN: “Staying positive and keeping everyone focused during rehearsal.”

BP: What aspect of being a leader is your favorite?

AN: “The best part of being a leader is reaping the benefits of the effort that you put in, and I get to experience that.”

BP: How does your group work together?

AN: “The group works pretty well with each other; however it, is often times difficult for everyone to stay focused. While playing everyone listens to each others parts and for the most part they will fix things on their own with repetitions.”

BP: As a senior how does it feel to know this is your last shot to get a gold at state?

AN: “I couldn’t be more excited for state, and I know I’ll be happy regardless of whether we get gold or not, as long as everyone puts forth their best effort.”

BP: What has shaped you for the role of being a leader?

AN: “Years of experience with band and learning from my own mistakes as well as others’ has changed and shaped me into the person I am today.”

BP: How do you encourage your group in hard times?

AN: “When things don’t sound great during rehearsal I try to emphasize the positive things they are doing while still working to fix the negative.”

BP: How do you hope to impact your group in the end?

AN: “I hope to leave them with good memories and hopefully as better musicians.”

 

Following Highlander Band: Marching Band Storms Castle September 15, 2018

Photo by Sophia Perigo

Story by Abby Chovan

This past weekend was a very busy one for many FC students, including all members of marching band and color guard. After a late night football game following a long day of school on Friday, all those same students had another early morning wake-up call. All students met at school around 11 a.m. in order to prepare for and organize their day ahead of them. This past Saturday, FC marching band took on a regional competition at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana.

This weekend was just one of the beginning competitions for this fall season, so many members were wary going into this competition.The weekend before had been hindered by rain and had caused the performances to be moved to the gym, so the fact that the band now had to march was an added challenge.

“I was a bit nervous because it was our first time marching a competition for the season, last weekend it was just music, so I wasn’t sure how we were going to do,” said sophomore tuba player Bailey Durrett.

Not only did the band face new performance nerves, but many pit members had to balance new equipment as well. The past weekend had not required mics seeing as the performance had been held indoors, so they had not yet this year had to balance taking care of both their instruments and technology.

“Generally moving our instruments is a monumental effort (everything has to be stored a certain way, loaded a certain way, and it can’t break because even the smallest damage can cost thousands of dollars), but this week was the first time we were using mics in the pit, so on top of protecting the instruments, we also had to worry about cables and technology,” said junior pit member Ainsley Tabor.

While the pit faced difficulties, they ended up winning the award for best pit crew, so it was obvious that their hard and particular work paid off. All the band members together were able to pull through and create a great weekend of performances for the team.

Junior baritone James Derloshon stated that for him personally, the fact that the band was able to perform brand new visual parts of the show only days after learning them was one of his most notable accomplishments.

Despite all these tests of fate however, FC came out on top and came in first place in the overall competition. However, for many members, this weekend’s win was not even the most relevant highlight of the weekend.

“For me it [this weekend] came down to finally nailing some difficult parts in my music that I had worked a long time on. It was nice to see all the hard work pay off, and a nice bonus to have it happen during competition,” said Tabor.

As well as personal achievements, several members, including sophomore guard member Avery Stephens, reflected on the idea of new bonds within all of FC’s marching band.

“With every new season, we get a new group of people who bring their own assets to the team and who each have their own unique skill sets and talents. This year we have an amazing team and we have all become so close. With each competition, we form lifelong bonds with each other,” said Stephens.  “One of the biggest highlights really of this weekend [was] that I will always cherish was the bus rides to and from Castle. The whole band gets so close and we make so many memories and inside jokes, so we will remember for a long time.”

Learn about FC’s new arts directors

By Hannah Tarr and Abby Chovan

Assistant band director Briston Hatchell 

Number one fun fact He once auditioned for The Voice.
“It was just kind of on a whim. It’s very unlike me, I’ve never wanted to be on TV or anything, but for some reason I just had this idea of, ‘I’m going to go audition for The Voice.’ And it was interesting. I didn’t make it, it wasn’t televised, but it was interesting. It was in 2012.”
Birthday August 20, 1988
“It’s today (the day he was interviewed). It’s on my shirt, I think. ‘Established 1988.’ My mom got me this shirt, so I figured I’d wear it.”
Number of tattoos One
“Maybe more soon. Or eventually.”
Places he’s lived Here

Cincinnati, Ohio

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Columbus, Georgia

McAllen, Texas

Favorite holiday Christmas
“Probably a toss-up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I really like the food of Thanksgiving- well, I’ll say Christmas because I just make the same food for Christmas.”
Favorite food Tacos/ Mexican food
“I could pretty much eat that all the time.”
Favorite book The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Favorite movie Snakes on a Plane
“I do have a birthday tradition that goes back to high school, so I’m going to put it here, which is watching Snakes on a Plane. In 2007, I think, on my birthday, yeah, we went to see Snakes on a Plane. So put Snakes on a Plane as my favorite. It’s a goofy movie. And the soundtrack is really good too.”
Favorite TV show Big Brother
“The reality TV show. It’s terrible, and horrible for you. It’s like the TV equivalent of eating candy, but that’s it.”
Favorite drum corps Carolina Crown
“Well, I have to say Carolina Crown. I have to.”
Role model His mom
“She’s always taught me to follow my passion and work hard at whatever it is, and she’s never let me take the easy way out.”
Movie of his life would be called Goofy Socks
“I wear goofy socks all the time. I like to stand out in weird ways like that, like I don’t want to wear a goofy shirt, but I like to stand out in the subtle ways like socks.”
Life motto Strike a match, hope it lasts.
“It’s a Less than Jake song lyric.”

 

Technical director Jared Willis

Number one fun fact His first and only time acting onstage was during Celtic Dreams, as the Fairy King. He wore a morph suit and a dance belt and had to dance around under the black lights.
“You could see my entire butt.”
Birthday November 16, 1994
Number of tattoos Two
“How many do you see?”
Places he’s lived Here
“I am a resident of this area. Born and raised.”
Favorite holiday Christmas
“Yesterday was National Chicken Wing Day. And Cowboy, and Lipstick… the holy trinity.”
Favorite food Salmon
“I’m trying to move away from red meat.”
Favorite book The Lord of the Rings
Favorite movie Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite theatre show Les Miserables
Favorite TV show Game of Thrones, or Parks and Rec
Role model His father
“You know, there’s so many individuals who have just taught me so much about my life. It’s hard to just pin on one single individual. But there are just countless figures from history that I constantly look to for inspiration. FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, are two that come to mind. But really, if I think I was going to say my one personal role model, it would be my father.”
Movie of his life would be called Young, Scrappy, and Hungry
Life motto No worries

Marching band introduces ‘Wayfaring Strangers’

Art by Sam Haney

By Gracie Vanover

The metronome clinks on the back sideline of the band practice field as flags fly and crashes go off in the pit. The melody for the marching band’s 2018 show entitled Wayfaring Strangersis played in the distance by flutes, oboes, and clarinets.

Wayfaring Strangersis this year’s show depicting wanderers who do not have a home traveling and running from danger. As the guard depicts these sphinxlike women, the band plays beautiful melodies and energetic, on-the-run feelings.

“I really enjoy the music this year, more so than last year,” said junior Luke Spine. “Of course, we haven’t heard the second half yet, but I know ideas from the first movement will be recycled for the last, which I look forward to.” Spine has been marching tuba since his freshman year, when the band’s show was Hidden.

“I think we’re really fine-tuning the music right now, and I like where it’s going. Movement two is really cool to me, [and I] can’t wait to see it on the field,” he said.

While the band members are enjoying the changes this year brings, the seniors especially are relishing their last year marching with FC and their final chance to make state.

“I think this year’s show is going to be more flashy and and exciting than Hexagon (2015’s show),” said senior Brooke Eversman. “Especially with all our new staff and choreography and new uniforms. Freshman year we had a good show, but I think this year Floyd Central is really going to stand out.”

Eversman has marched clarinet for four years and is now the head section leader of the clarinets.

“The thing that I am most excited about for the 2018 Floyd Central marching band show has to be the new uniforms,” said Eversman.

For the show’s theme, it has been generally noted as a family of wanderers by the band staff and students who take on their own little interpretations.

“As a guard member I interpret the show as the band being somewhere [like the mountains], and a caravan of [these wanderers] are coming through where they live,” said freshman guard member Nicole Williams. Others see it as these wandering women scouting for a new home, or things to take. Some continue to see it as a mystery, since the idea is not yet complete.

Although the show has only been on the field since band camp in mid-July, there are already fans waiting anxiously for the halftime shows.

“I’m very excited to see the show from finish to end and all of the visual effects including the band’s brand new uniforms, along with the guard’s,” said junior Abbie Gillespie. Gillespie was a guard member during the 2016 and 2017 season for the band.

“As an old guard member I can say that the amount of effort that goes into the show really shows up and I can see how hard they are working,” said Gillespie.

As the band and guard continue running charts and sets over and over, they speed towards the improvement they want, and hopefully towards a spot at state in November.

FC celebrates homecoming with victory against Bedford

Photos by Tori Roberts