The band marches on
By Bailey Cichon
MARSHFIELD — At the homecoming football game Oct. 7, the Marshfield High School band will take the field at halftime to perform a tribute to the ‘80s. This year’s halftime show includes songs such as “Take on Me,” “Ghostbusters,” “Mickey,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The band will also play before the game to get fans and players pumped up for a night of high school football.
Before the school year even began, the band had already begun homecoming preparations.
“We worked through some things in summer school,” said David Carroll, the band director at Marshfield High School. “(A few) students have helped to write some of the color guard routines. We’ve rehearsed during school, distributed uniforms, and ordered props so that we’ve got everything ready to go during homecoming.”
“(The halftime show) is going to be a little different than what (the community) has seen in previous years,” said Jasmine Fredrick, a member of the color guard. “During ‘Mickey’ we will be doing a feature with the new cheerleading team.”
“Look forward to (the color guard’s) wacky costumes,” said junior Talya Bolander, color guard member. “They are ‘80s-themed. We’ve got the bright neon leg warmers and shirts that say, ‘I heart the 80s.’”
One step at a time
Drum major Kaitlyn Konrardy said, “(The entire show) is a fairly simple routine, but the crispness of our moves should be appealing to the eyes (of our audience members). The songs that we are playing are popular, and everyone will really enjoy (hearing them).”
The band practices outside every day the weather permits to ensure the best show possible for all of the people who attend the football game.
“Two to three weeks in advance to homecoming we always have combined rehearsal between the wind ensemble and the symphonic band (who normally meet during separate class hours). We are outside preparing and working through our moves,” said Konrardy.
“We’ve been working on being synchronized,” added Fredrick.
“It should be a good halftime, and I’m really excited to show (everyone) what Marshfield has to offer,” said Konrardy.