On Friday, March 9th, the New Haven pep band went to Missouri State University (MSU) to play during the state basketball games. The band had to audition and be selected by Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) in order to participate.
“Everyone was very excited,” said Grace Soete, a junior and flautist. “We had to submit a video of our playing, and we didn’t hear the results for a couple of weeks, so everyone was excited.”
They prepared by practicing new songs so they had a variety to play, and worked on perfecting the songs they already knew. They also practiced by playing at New Haven’s home basketball games. The time slot they played during the state basketball games was 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The band left after first hour on Friday and didn’t return home until after midnight. They stopped at Golden Corral to eat lunch before they got to the college. Many of the band players said that they really enjoyed the day and thought that it was a great experience.
Senior and flautist Liz Hughes said, “I loved it! It was so much fun, and truly an experience I will never forget. The atmosphere was amazing, especially for the first game we played for, which was the Class 2 State Championship game!”
Audrey Ford, junior and saxophone player, said, “I thought it was a really cool and amazing opportunity for the band. It was a really good bonding time, which is what we have during marching band when we ride the bus in the mornings, which gives us an opportunity for everyone to bond with each other. This time was excluded specifically to the actual band class, which I thought was really nice and represents the relationship we have with each other that is very family like.”
Junior and trumpet player Russell Pinnell said, “It was an exciting, fun experience. I had a great time watching the games and playing the trumpet, and the bus ride was interesting.”
Mrs. Mandy Koch was asked how she felt about the band being selected to play at the state games, and how she felt that they did.
She replied, “I was very excited that we were selected to play and happy for the students that they earned this playing opportunity. Our students never seem to disappoint; I was extremely proud of their performance, behavior, and overall positive attitude about the performance.”
Congratulations to all the band students for being selected by MSHSAA to play at the state games, and good job representing our school in a positive way.