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Frankton kicks off Band Day with bang

August 3, 2014

By Zach Osowski, The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.

Aug. 03--INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Frankton Jr./Sr. High School band was nervous about being the group to open Indiana State Fair Band Day, the Eagles didn't show it.

Director James Handshoe said their performance was one of the best runs he's ever seen out of the Marching Eagles.

"I thought they performed really, really well," Handshoe said. "We're a pretty young, inexperienced group, and they handled the pressure great. That was probably our best run of the season."

The students giving the performance agreed.

Senior Sammie Kilgore, who has been to Band Day six times now, said this is one of the best performances she's been a part of. The section major, who plays the clarinet, said one of the key differences she noticed is how much fun the members had.

"We had a lot of fun out there, and I think that's really good, especially for the new members," Kilgore said. "I think we did good enough to make the night show, so I really hope we make it."

Austin Wallace, another senior, said aside from the music, he thinks the band did a great job telling a story during the performance.

With camouflage equipment and white flags, the Eagles were playing their instruments in an imaginary war zone. And their performance title of "Battlefield" was appropriate.

"We really wanted to portray people going nuts on a battlefield," Wallace said. "And I think we did a good job of that."

The band even had specially designed tools for the drum section to simulate the sound of marching soldiers.

Wallace, who plays the saxophone, has been a part of the marching band since eighth grade. He was so confident in the performance he said it was the best performance he's ever been a part of.

Despite having to go first and play in a slight drizzle, Handshoe said his team was unfazed.

"Going first didn't have any impact on us," he said. "We were ready no matter what."

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.


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