Marching Through the Basics

By Mia Haber.

Section leaders, Hannah Waler and Markie Michalke, goofing around with the Snapchat filters during a football game

More than 250 band students take the field during a football game. Behind all the drills and seriousness of marching band, there are many other aspects that are missed or misunderstood. Going into marching band as a freshman is a scary because of how different and time consuming it may be.

“I thought I wouldn’t like it and I thought I wouldn’t meet anyone,” freshman Emma Jacoby said. For the freshmen coming into band, most of them were frantic and frightened. Starting at the beginning of August, 250-plus band students come to the high school Monday through Friday for rehearsals, also known as band camp. During that month, the freshmen learn all the techniques required for band.

Students outside of band do not realize how much work is put into band and how much time is given to such a huge organization here at the high school. For some band students, it is difficult to keep up with homework when students have band rehearsals or are in sports. On the other hand, many upperclassmen are more familiar and are able to manage time with school work, a job, and a sport.

All the trumpets in the section all lined up to form the “perfect” screen saver.

Unfortunately, there are some students/upperclassmen that do procrastinate. “It’s a lot different each year because classes get harder, and I get more used to balancing the two, so it’s almost like it cancels out between them,” junior Nick Poplin said. Seniors, who maintain a job after school or over weekends, have to manage time crucially.

“Balancing between school, work, band, and other extracurricular activities have helped me greatly with time management,” senior Julie Blechschmid said.

Aside from time management, the other most important aspect of being apart of band is communication with others. “Band has enabled me to make all these friendships and memories with everyone,” senior Maggie Kaniecki said. The diversity in band is tremendously large.

Although for some students, making friendships in band is not the only exciting aspect. There are a plethora other experiences that are enjoyed. “I really like home games and the fun marches back to the school,” said junior Hannah Waler. “The ride to states is fun too.”

All the seniors gathering for the last “Burdick” chant at the last home football game.

Even though the band makes it looks simple, setting up for any activity is not an easy task to accomplish. The majority of the tasks are taken upon the band council. The band president for this year is Matthew Casey. As band president, there are many responsibilities that have to be followed. “I am in charge of certain daily tasks like painting dots, carrying equipment, taking bus attendance, followed by giving a short speech at the end-of-season marching concert,” said Casey.

Regardless of how much work is involved in band, the outcome is always phenomenal. Although this year’s marching season is coming to an end, the band can be seen throughout the winter. Holiday concerts are held over the weekend in December, followed by an in-school performance right before winter break starts. If not at those times, there are so many other chances to catch a glimpse of the band, whether they are marching their last football game or sitting and playing some music at a contest.  

Mia Haber is a senior who plans to study English Literature in college next year. In Mia’s free time, you can find her working, doing homework, playing a musical instrument or hanging out with her friends. She also enjoys spending time with her family and especially time with her dogs. Mia also occasionally likes going to Hinckley Lake in the summer with her friends and enjoys swimming on a beautiful sunny day.