The annual New Haven Marching Band Preview Parade was held on Friday, the 20th. This parade is put on to view how the band is doing so far in the season, and how they could improve going forward. A survey was sent out to participants in the parade, asking their opinion on how they think the marching band did.
When asked how they thought the band performed overall, Kayla Brumels, senior flutist, responded, “For being our first parade this season and with new marchers coming in, I think we did pretty [well] overall.”
Hannah Rethemeyer, junior auxiliary, commented, “I think the band did well overall.”
John Hughes, senior low-brass, stated, “I do not think the band put up as good of a performance as they could’ve, and I think we can only go up from here.”
Next, they were asked if there was anything they thought the band could improve on. Adam Homeyer, sophomore trumpeter, said, “I think the drums could play louder.”
Kayla Brumels commented, “I think the band could improve on staying in time, keeping one tempo while playing and sometimes the step-off needs a little work too.”
The students were then asked if they thought their specific section could improve. Low-brass member Matthew Otten stated, “I think there could be more dedication in the [low-brass].”
Keagan Huff, senior drumline, commented, “I think we are doing well so far, but we need to keep our stick heights down.”
Good job to the Marching Band, and good luck to them in their future performances.