Category Archives: Marching Band

Following Highlander Band: Band scurries through Cardinal Stadium

Photo by Sophia Perigo 

Story by Gracie Vanover

As the mid-day sun floats above the Cardinal Stadium the band prepares their skyscraper and subway props. The band warms up and positions themselves to their dot ready to start a new day in the big city.

This weekend, The Highlanders traveled just across the bridge to perform for the Bands of America [BOA] Louisville Regional. The band placed 9 in their class and 17 out of 28 bands, but many were not disappointed. 

“Even though we didn’t make finals, I still feel like it was [a] great performance. Going into BOA I was definitely feeling a little nervous since we hadn’t got to spin equipment that morning for the run through and only really got to do opening dance full out,” said junior guard member Arianna Lamb. “But, once we got through warmup and were walking to the performance gate I could tell it was going to be a good show just by all the positive energy the band was putting off going into the performance.”

With the competition being smaller than normal at BOA many held their heads high 

with hope.

“I felt like we had more hope in making it into finals,” said sophomore pit member Allison Farber.  “But I do miss the bigger competition because I [would have] felt better about not making it in.”

Although their competition seemed easier, the show had many working parts added during after school rehearsals which proved to be a challenge for some.

“I love the preshow. While it is a cliché song, I think it is good to have it as the opening of the show because it symbolizes the morning,” said senior baritone player Lindy Lawerence. “[Percussion staff member] Dave Isaacs did a great job at making it and the transition to the loud alarm that wakes the band and the audience up. The tarps are good too. They add more theming to the show. They have worked well so far for me, but I do know they have caused some people to trip during the few times we have used them. I since they aren’t taped to the ground, I worry that they may cause problems during a show if there is wind.”

While the band attends competitions every weekend, BOA is quite different from the usual two-hour drive to regular invitationals.

“BOA competitions are some of my favorite competitions because they’re not anything 

like a regular competition is. With BOA competitions you get to see bands from all around the United States instead of just seeing our typical competitors that are from Kentucky and Indiana,” said Lamb. 

This weekend the band will be hosting the 

29th annual Floyd Central Invitational. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults at the gate. Shows will begin at 3  p.m. Be sure to come out to support the Highlander Band as they perform in exhibition. To find the schedule for the band go to their website: www.floydcentralband.org. 

 

Following Highlander Band: Highlanders hustle through Lawrence Central

Photo by Brock Kennedy 

Story by Gracie Vanover

After a successful weekend at Columbus North High School, the Highlander Band set out again this past weekend to Indianapolis to battle some of the biggest bands in the nation. Facing off against top bands like Avon High School’s Marching Black and Gold proved to be a challenge, but our Highlanders pulled through with an excellent performance. 

On Saturday the band rolled into Lawrence Central High School and performed SynchroniCITY for the second time in the competitive scene. Although the competition was harder, many still had high hopes for the performance.

“Before every competition I make sure I go into it knowing no matter what happens I tried my best,” said eighth grade guard member Graysen South. “I always try and think we are gonna do pretty well but we are going against top bands so it’s sometimes hard to keep hype. I try and focus on keeping my part of the show as best as I can and worry about ranking after we perform.”

Many of the members thought this was one of the better performances of the season. 

“Overall I think we had a good performance, as always there is always room to improve,” 

said sophomore baritone Kent Vitale. “Personally I didn’t see any catastrophic failures.”

Even other bands and their spectators were blown away by the power of the Highlander 

band and their show. 

“I felt accomplished because like people we don’t know liked [our show],” said eighth 

grade mellophone Robert Munoz. “Parents of students that have new uniforms every year and usually step up due to the size and the funds of the band applauding for a band half the size makes me happy cause like it means you did something right.”

Although the band did not place in the top three of their class or win category awards 

they made great progressions in the show. 

“The sound was much much better than last week. Many people were out of tune last 

week and the front ensemble completely messed up,” said freshman percussion member Lizzie Floyd. “This week we completely changed it and blew it out of the water. The front ensemble did amazing and the winds were in time and completely in tune. It’s grown a lot and I can’t wait to see how it changes over this next week for BOA.”

Next week, the Highlanders plan introducing more props and performing the fourth movement of their show which has been highly anticipated by the band’s members. 

“[I’m] definitely [excited for] Preston’s trombone solo and the trombone feature,” said 

sophomore trumpet player Charlie Roution. “Our stopping point right now isn’t a great one but once the 4th movement is introduced the show will be 10 times better.”

This weekend the band heads to Bands of America Louisville Regional at Cardinal 

Stadium. To follow the Highlander band and their journey through ISSMA and Bands of America be sure to check back weekly. To find their performance times and information on the band you can go to their website floydcentralband.org. 

 

Following Highlander Band: Marching band jolts audience awake at Columbus North

Photo by Sophia Perigo

Story by Gracie Vanover

Beep. Beep. Beep. This past weekend the Marching Highlanders woke up audience members in Columbus, Indiana at Columbus North High School for the first competition of the season. The band unveiled their show SynchroniCITY for the first time for the competitive marching season and was ready to take the win.

The band played Friday evening at the FC vs Vincennes Lincoln game the night before the morning of rehearsal for contest. Friday was the first time FC supporters had seen the show at a game this football season.

“I think we did alright, everyone was in high spirits once it started,” said junior Tatum Schaefer. “Musically we could’ve done better as a whole just because we got off time and separated by sections. Other than that I think it was a very good first performance and gives me hope for the rest of our season.”

For freshmen this was their first experience on a field other than their own and for sophomores the first time they marched on Columbus North’s field since last season the performance was rained out and moved inside. 

“Last year was stressful from the rain making our performance iffy, but marching against our competition was nice to see what we had against us,” said sophomore Ryan Gude. “However, we did win most of the awards, so I feel confident that we’ll do good this year.”

Of course with any show some had the pre-show jitters but they did not allow that to stop them in their tracks. 

“[At first] I was nervous but then I realized I didn’t have to be [since we’ve worked so hard],” said freshman Faith Andres. 

This year the Highlanders have progressed farther than they have in past years even though they did not reveal it all on the field.

“I feel like we are much farther along than previous years,” said junior Abbey Taylor. “Getting our music and drill much earlier than previous years has definitely made a major impact on our progress.”

Although the band did not reveal everything they have on the field this weekend they won multiple awards including best auxiliary, best percussion, sweepstakes, and 1st in Open Class. The band will continue their season this weekend at Lawrence Central in Indianapolis. To find out where the band performs and their schedule for other competitions check out their website: www.floydcentralband.org 

 

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.”