Every morning from the high school to the park, over 60 students march up the hills and back. In less than a few weeks, the New Haven Marching Band will be marching in their first competition parade.
Even though this coming season has yet to start, band members were asked how this season may turn out. Victoriana Beckmann, sophomore, said she hopes it will be “eventful.”
Each day before school, members practice marching in the morning. Every time they march, they are supposed to work on something they need to accomplish. When asked what they wanted to accomplish this coming season, Kate Jones, freshman, said: “March and play with no mistakes.”
Since this is a new season, this means a new song has been in the works as well as new style additions. Mrs. Mandy Koch was asked what new styles have been put into the band, and she had this to say, “New styles include musically faster tempos, footpace is slower, [and] the drumline has also been learning new cadences for the band to march to this year.”
Students were also asked what is different about this season's song from the past years. Chris Wilson, sophomore, stated, “Our song this year is in half, or cut, time. This means that our hands are moving twice as fast as our feet are.”
Every year new marchers are added and some choose to move on from the marching band. Those that are new might be a little intimidated by the fast movement of everything, from the band camps to marching every morning.
Mrs. Koch said, “I hope that the new marchers are starting to realize that this ensemble truly does represent a tradition of excellence and they are ready and excited to carry on that legacy.”
Kate Jones also stated, “We take a lot of pride and put a lot of time into our band.”