Local News: Walking Music! (11/19/21)

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(Sentinel photos by Allen Hamil) The Le Mars community marching band has had a successful marching season. Pictured are members of the group performing their halftime show during the homecoming game on September 24. The 95-member group also participated in fanfare competitions during the season.

MARCH ?? Le Mars Community High School’s Big Red Marching Band closed the 2021 Marching Band season with an indoor fanfare concert on Friday, October 29 in the high school’s competitive gymnasium.

We played our show music, as well as pep band songs, and drumline features. Our last song of the evening was the one where we recognize our senior students from the marching band? said group director Michael Prichard.

This year, the group had 95 members with students in grades 9 to 12.

The fanfare season begins in August.

“We have a Marching Band Camp in August that meets for eight days, three hours a day. During this time, we learn the basics of walking, live music and some of our exercise. We also try to have fun with games and social activities, ?? said Prichard.

Once school has started, the marching band rehearses every day of the week, from 7:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., until 9:15 a.m.

This year’s campaign show was music from the Disney musical ?? Newsies. ?? The songs were ?? Sixteen the Day, ?? ?? Carry the banner, ?? ?? Santa Fe, ?? and ?? Once and for all. ??

(Sentinel photos by Allen Hamil) The Le Mars community marching band has had a successful marching season. Pictured are members of the group performing their halftime show during the homecoming game on September 24. The 95-member group also participated in fanfare competitions during the season.

Prichard noted, ?? Music was custom arranged by Steve Shanley and Mike Davies. This allowed us to tailor the music specifically to our strengths. ??

This year’s drum majors were Blake Daale, Beau Pravecek and Abigail Tilberg.

Prichard also said there were other staff who worked with the group.

“We have a staff that includes Mary Kay Benton, Randy Benton and Lexie Landis. Mary Kay and Randy are with us almost every day helping us with the music and the walk. Lexie is our color guard instructor, ?? he said.

The group competes in Class 3A, participating in three competitions as well as a state marching band competition.

The group took 4th place in 3A and 7th overall at Starfest in Sioux City; 6th place in 3A at the Dutchmen Field Championship; 3rd place in 3A at the Algona Band Day Festival and achieved a Division I rating at the State Marching Band Festival.

?? I think the students liked the music and the social part of the group. It’s a group that thrives on the group’s community, ?? Prichard concludes.


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