Those who aren't involved in the art of worrying about a million things at once (also known as marching band) cannot fathom all it entails. 25 pound tubas. Staying still for extended periods of time. Frizzed hair, sweated-off makeup. Wet shoes caked with mud. Freezing cold mouthpieces and burning muscles. Waking up at 5 a.m.
All the techniques learned through this program, directed by Mrs. Sandy Gilboe, are used to perform in a marching competition show. A typical field show consists of three or four songs, memorized by the musicians, with musicians marching and color guard members spinning flags and tossing rifles, making beautiful patterns on a football field all of which relates to a specific show theme. Click the "Read More" Link below the pictures for the entire article.
Q: So, every year the marching band competes with other schools in a "field show." What exactly goes on in a field show?
A: Well, they're basically competitions, done with a specific judge circuit. Specialists judge different parts of the show [music, marching, auxiliary, battery, and visual effects]. Some are up high [in the judges' box] and down low [on the field]. You compete against groups of similar sizes, but the themes [of the show] vary between each group.
Q: What is CMHS's theme?
A: Our show is called, "Ramiro and Julie," and it's a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. I picked this theme because it's a classic piece. I wanted to study it. There have been many musical versions of it, like West Side Story and various ballets.
Q: How will the story be conveyed through marching?
A:We are having our woodwind sections be the "Capulets," and the brass players be the "Montagues." Although we aren't speaking, and the closest thing to visual performing is through the color guard's work, it will be very clear who plays what part. There will be a Romeo and a Juliet, there may be many Romeos and many Juliets. It'll be quite clear what is happening.
Q: What songs are you playing?
A: "Somewhere," from West Side Story acts as the "bookends" of our show; we begin with it and end with it. "Time of My Life," [made famous by the movie Dirty Dancing] will be played during the party scene where they meet. "Just the Way You Are," by Bruno Mars will be the love song. "Uprising" by Muse will be the fight, and we'll close with "Somewhere."
Q: How has the band been doing?
A: They've been doing well. As you know, marching is not natural. It is very militaristic, and needs precision. It's like walking and chewing gum, or rubbing your stomach and patting your head. Especially with the color guard work, coordination is required.
Q:When will this first be performed?
A: We have a lot to build on. Our first competition is October 8th at Jim Scott Stadium. We might also give a sneak preview at an upcoming football game.
Q: How do you think the band will do this season?
A: Fabulously! We have a good mix of new and experienced members. There's a lot of enthusiasm that should help us. We just need to up our skill level.
Besides Mrs. Gilboe, the band is also led by a tight-knit leadership team. Consisting of many different positions, the main men that are in charge of teaching marching techniques, pep music, field show marching, and conducting the field show songs are the Drum Majors, seniors Everett Brown and Chris Henrriquez. When asked the question, "Based on what you see now in the band room, how do you expect the band to do this season?" they responded.
"I believe that the band has a lot of drive and motivation that will drastically affect how well we do this marching season," Everett said.
"In the past 2 months we've become much closer as a band and have learned to work together. I feel with the effort of the band we'll do great!" Chris responded.
Let's wish the band lots of luck as they step out (on tempo, on the right foot, playing the right music, going the right direction, keeping a rigid posture, using enough air, in the right uniform, with the right instrument) onto the football field this fall!
by Loralee Sepsey
Photos by Kyle Picco