VIDEOS – Nederland, Port Neches-Groves drumlines hosting Mid County Madness Front Battle Day
Posted at 12:38 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022
PORT NECHES — Members of the Nederland High School and Port Neches-Groves High School bands turned up the Madness hype Thursday night at the PNGHS as they joined practice for an upcoming Drumline battle between the two schools.
“Back in All-Region Band last year, Jack (Reid) and I met,” said PNG senior Cody Tedder.
“I’ve always wanted to do a drum battle and I thought Nederland would be the best person to do it with. Jack really seemed to agree, and I thought it could actually happen. We talked throughout the summer trying to plan this and get everything ready.
Reid, who is also a senior, was already on the same thought pattern.
“I always wanted to do something with PNG too,” he said.
“I’ve been captain of my drum line for two years now, and I’ve always wanted to do something in collaboration with someone else. So I think it’s going to be a really fun time, and I hope a lot of people will come out and support us. And I think doing it a day before Mid County Madness is going to be a lot of fun.
Although the ratio of those on each battery line was a bit different – nine from Nederland and 35 from Port Neches-Groves – it certainly didn’t show during training as each battery line brought their best. rhythms.
The competition will include battles with individual instruments, select groups, and full drum lines. Some plays will include the mix of school members.
“We’re planning on getting a plastic trophy, but it’s not really about who the best drum line is,” Tedder said. “It’s more or less to establish a better connection between the two schools. We literally live side by side. We have this rivalry, but aside from Mid County Madness week, they’re my friends.
Reid backed his competitor’s sentiment.
“We all really like each other and have known each other from all the group competitions,” he said.
Although this is the last Madness game and the first Madness battle for Tedder and Reid, they hope the younger members of the drums will make it an annual event.