By Emeline Kedzierski
The 2011 marching season is underway and the Clarke County High School Band won a first place trophy at the first competition on their schedule — the USSBA Marine Invitational in Annapolis, Md. Although Eagle Band members wryly and readily admit they were the only group competing in their school category – 4A (a new designation for this group based on size of band) – the 85-plus member group was pleased with their respectable score.
“It (the show) takes a lot more out of us; it’s a lot more physical work,” says Allison Lettie, tenor saxophone.
Music for this year’s show, “ConstruXion,” composed by Dr. Ryan Keebaugh, is based on the concept of “Emma the Architect” whose quest is to design a brand new school. The construction crew, led by band members who become “foremen,” takes us on a journey through Emma’s experiments with shapes and forms as she works toward a solution.
The second competition held in Westminster, Md., on Oct. 1, was a rain-out for the group, but their spirits are not dampened.
“I was bummed out, but also thought it was better than marching in the pouring rain and everybody being freezing cold,” says Rachel Hickey, drum major. “It was still nice to be with friends.”
The Screamin’ Eagle Band will continue to march at home football games and will travel to several more competitions including Winchester, Sterling, Richmond and Glen Allen.
“I’m very excited for the rest of the season and we’re likely to improve greatly,” says Susan Kennedy, sousaphone.