• September 21Seniors the deadline for the DAR resume submission is Nov. 17th

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Getting into the Rhythm

Molly Poage

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 Carl Junction High’s band is off to an excellent start with their marching season this year. Band director Scott Schneider says he is “very excited with the progress of the band right now, as this is a more challenging show with classical music.” In years past the band has done shows with straightforward themes such as “Latin Fever”, “Styx”, and “World War II: Remembering an Era”. This year, their theme is a more abstract concept.

 “Rhythm & Hues” is a color- and emotion-themed show that contains many pieces of famous classical music. The first segment and second segments are “red” and “angry”. These sections are fast-paced and loud, and the show begins with an excerpt from Verdi’s “Requiem” before moving on to a part containing some of “Mars” by composer Gustav Holst. The third segment of the show slows down to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and is “mellow” and “shades of blue”. The fourth and final segment speeds up once more and contains the “cheerful” and “orange” strains of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”.

 The marching band is advancing faster than they have in years past. They had the entire first segment of their show, both playing and marching, on the field before the end of their band camp, which lasted all day from July 7 to 21 and 23 to 28. The marching band had their first performance on September 1 when the football team had their first home game. Even in the short time from their last summer band rehearsal to August 28, the band had already added their second movement, both playing and marching, completely on the field as well. Besides the very first day of school, the band has been practicing at 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on white days  and to 9:30 a.m. on red days, although they have had to spend one day inside practicing music due to weather. Their first marching competition is scheduled for Valhalla on October 7.

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Getting into the Rhythm