Band heads toward competition

by Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

GC’s Marching Band has been hard at work for their show Echoes Reflected since July. Through 12 hour band camps and performances at half time, they are readying themselves for a challenging competition season, trying to get better than last year’s State Runner-up placement.

There are many parts to a marching band: the woodwinds, the brass, the percussion, and the color guard. All have a major role in the final show you see out on the field. They create a vision and they achieve that vision and take it to competition.

Before anyone can be competition-ready, they must practice and practice until they get the show down. Here at GC, our band has practices all throughout July. They go from 3 hours to 6 to 9 to 12 hour practices. When the school year starts, they not only have practice almost everyday after school, but the band and color guard also practice in class during the school day. “At the end we get to perform something that we’ve worked really hard on which makes it mean more,” said Seth Graber, 9.

“I feel like we have a really solid show for the competition season this year,” said Sean Burton, 10. In their show Echoes Reflected, they are playing a mix of classical music, similar to last years Bach piece, and the visual is that they are seeing their reflections. They are prepared to take their show to competition as they did in Lafayette Jeff.

Nerves run wild during competitions. Performers all have their go-to thoughts that get their head into the game. “I think about pretending we’re back at GC. The only thing different between a competition and a practice is the location. I’ve done it a million times, I can do it one more,” says Allison Gwin, 12.

At competitions, the band must perform in front of massive groups of people all there to support their kids and friends from other schools, as well as our own. With such a large crowd, it puts quite a bit of pressure on the students to do well for the judges. Pressure does occasionally cause mess-ups. Graber said, “When I mess up I just try my best to recover and get back into the groove.”

Although they’ve had just one competition up to this point, the band is confident that they will do well in the competitions to come. The judges are unknown and it’s impossible to know if they’ll even agree with the show; however the marching band is feeling optimistic. “I think we are doing pretty good. You never really know how competitions will go. If judges don’t like your show, they judge you harder and you also never know what other schools are doing,” said Gwin, 12.

GC’s band has climbed through the ranks over the years and last year they achieved State Runner-Up. Hoping to return to state and be state champs this year, they’ve got a long road of hard work ahead of them.