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Band’s new field show

MC’s award winning band is ready to perform a new field show at the upcoming home football game on Oct. 13, setting the bar high for their next show.

“The show is called Dark Hearts and it features music from the musicals Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods,” junior band member Emily Murphy said.

“[The show] explores the heart of the villain and their motivation to become evil,” senior Color Guard member Rachel Pelante said. “As the show progresses, the villains find redemption from the darkness.”

Throughout the summer, band has been working to perfect their show with band camp taking place the week before school began, up until now.

“There [are] a lot of different instruments in the show and we are almost finished with [the performance],” Murphy said, “We are learning the last movement right now.”

The band members prove to be committed people as they practice ceaselessly to finish the routine in time for the next halftime show.

“We practice every fifth period and have three hour rehearsals on Wednesday and some four hour rehearsals on Saturday,” Murphy said. “Everything is hard in band and you have to have a lot of dedication.”

With the work it takes to put on a performance for the school, every show needs direction and critique. For band, they are led by Garry Mac who has been directing shows like this for about 27 years.

“Our band director, Mr. Mac, puts all the different parts of the show together,” junior  band member Cori Dil said.  “We [also] have choreographers, drill writers, and music composers that create the individual parts.”

The guidance of these leaders interspersed with talent and commitment of band members led them to win Arcadia last year- a championship tournament.

“I think we can win again,” Dil said. “I think our show is pretty strong with a lot of visuals [and] good music.”

Band doesn’t perform alone, as Color Guard has been  preparing their routine for the halftime show as well.

“[Color guard has]  started preparing for the show during band camp in the summer and I feel our hard work will pay off. Even on our first day of school, we had a night rehearsal,” Pelante said.

With all the time spent on this upcoming halftime show from both band and color guard alike, there is no doubt that the students and staff in the bleachers will see dramatic new moves and dances.

“It’s one of the most difficult shows that the band and color guard have this year, visually and musically,” Pelante said. “We incorporate our costumes and props to help make the show come to life. The theme itself is very aggressive [with]  high energy, so the [people involved] try their best to [tell a story through] the show.”

Photo courtesy of Brett Alan Photography

Like every program within the school, band has responsibilities that all members must be prepared to complete, such as long, tiring practices and being a part of creating show stopping performances.

Even though there are many tasks that need to be finished, many students at MC, band and Color Guard themselves, are anticipating the show altogether.

MC’s award winning band is ready to perform a new field show at the upcoming home football game on Oct. 13, setting the bar high for their next show.

“The show is called Dark Hearts and it features music from the musicals Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods,” junior band member Emily Murphy said.

“[The show] explores the heart of the villain and their motivation to become evil,” senior Color Guard member Rachel Pelante said. “As the show progresses, the villains find redemption from the darkness.”

Throughout the summer, band has been working to perfect their show with band camp taking place the week before school began, up until now.

“There [are] a lot of different instruments in the show and we are almost finished with [the performance],” Murphy said, “We are learning the last movement right now.”

The band members prove to be committed people as they practice ceaselessly to finish the routine in time for the next halftime show.

“We practice every fifth period and have three hour rehearsals on Wednesday and some four hour rehearsals on Saturday,” Murphy said. “Everything is hard in band and you have to have a lot of dedication.”

With the work it takes to put on a performance for the school, every show needs direction and critique. For band, they are led by Garry Mac who has been directing shows like this for about 27 years.

“Our band director, Mr. Mac, puts all the different parts of the show together,” junior  band member Cori Dil said.  “We [also] have choreographers, drill writers, and music composers that create the individual parts.”

The guidance of these leaders interspersed with talent and commitment of band members led them to win Arcadia last year- a championship tournament.

“I think we can win again,” Dil said. “I think our show is pretty strong with a lot of visuals [and] good music.”

Band doesn’t perform alone, as Color Guard has been  preparing their routine for the halftime show as well.

“[Color guard has]  started preparing for the show during band camp in the summer and I feel our hard work will pay off. Even on our first day of school, we had a night rehearsal,” Pelante said.

With all the time spent on this upcoming halftime show from both band and color guard alike, there is no doubt that the students and staff in the bleachers will see dramatic new moves and dances.

“It’s one of the most difficult shows that the band and color guard have this year, visually and musically,” Pelante said. “We incorporate our costumes and props to help make the show come to life. The theme itself is very aggressive [with]  high energy, so the [people involved] try their best to [tell a story through] the show.”

Like every program within the school, band has responsibilities that all members must be prepared to complete, such as long, tiring practices and being a part of creating show stopping performances.

Even though there are many tasks that need to be finished, many students at MC, band and Color Guard themselves, are anticipating the show altogether.

About Kiyara Long

Kiyara Long
Kiyara is a Junior at MC, a writer for the MC Sun, and a varsity tennis player. Her aspirations in life are to eat any and all processed food snacks that come her way and to find a cure for permanent sock tans. She is currently researching majors and colleges, but she's going with the flow at the moment.

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