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
“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.