Mrs. Koch believes that there is still room for improvement before their first competition Saturday, September 27th, in Sullivan. “There were never any perfect moments from any aspect Friday; therefore, we will continue to work on all concepts in which we will be judged, including marching alignment, individual marching technique, music, and overall confidence in our performance,” she commented. They will leave early that morning to make that performance, then hurry back to play in the Balloon Festival.
This year the band is playing Any Way You Want It by Journey. Each year, Mrs. Koch gives the musicians the choices of music they can play the following year. Originally, the band was going to play two songs, the other being Forget You by Cee Lo Green. She decided on not playing this song because of all the new band members they acquired this year.
The marching band goes to four competitions each year. This year, they are only going to participate in three. Mizzou Homecoming is the competition they will not be competing in since the band attended Mizzou Band Day. At each competition, they play their songs while they march and get judged by different judges. Each judge will give them a score, and they get compared to the other bands in their class. After each band has performed, the drum majors from each band all wait to receive the awards their band has won.
The band gets judged on many elements at competitions. There are seven types of judges. Two are judging the music: music overall and music general effect. Two others are for marching: marching alignment and marching general effect. The last three types of judges are for the auxiliary, drumline, and drum major. For each category, there is a trophy for the top three bands in each class.
New Haven Marching Shamrocks are planning on having a very successful season. Even though there are so many new members, they think they can make the season one filled with many first place trophies. -by Abby Perdue