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In full swing: Practices underway for marching band season

August 7, 2014

By Marivel Resendiz, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas

Aug. 07--While school is not yet in session, some students can already be found on the Tivy High School campus.

From morning to afternoon, members of the marching band are practicing to prepare for their 2014 Friday night halftime show.

The marching band is one of many high school organizations whose members already are returning to the school grounds to begin rehearsals for a year full of community performances and competitions.

While the band works on cadences for their halftime performances, which begin Aug. 30, they also are preparing for numerous other performances throughout the year.

Their full-day practices begin with marching techniques in the morning and music after lunch, said Martin Lenard, director of bands.

The band has grown from 85 members last year to about 100 this year. While there are more freshmen joining the band, Lenard said he attributes the growth to the organization's atmosphere.

"The band is not just about first place at competition, it's about family and learning life skills," Lenard said. "It's to form a family and learn life skills that help someone become successful."

For the band, each Friday night performance is a trial run for competition later in the year, as well as rehearsal for community events like marching in parades.

Drum major Benjamin Solder said now that the band has moved in division, they have set new goals to win sweepstakes at regional competitions.

"We're coming back full force," Solder said.


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