MHS Marching Band brings new show to half-time
Kate Koffman, director of bands for Marshall Public Schools, says nothing will change this year as far as pregame performances go, but halftime music will have a much different theme from last year's Aztec Fire.
Marshall High School marching band rehearsed hits by the group Journey Tuesday morning, Aug. 31. Audiences should expect to hear pieces such as "Any Way You Want It," "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believin'" during halftime.
"It's our hope that the selections will be familiar to our audience, and it's our goal to entertain at the football game," Koffman said.
She said the band will add new formations, or charts, for each home game, giving the performances variety.
Within the first three weeks of the school year, Marshall High School hosts three home games. The marching band's first performance was this past Friday and it is gearing up for the next game Friday, Sept. 3.
With homecoming activities around the corner, musicians must maintain a busy and organized schedule; they perform during pep rallies, parade and homecoming game.
Planning for seasonal competitions is also in the works. Koffman said the band is experimenting with a different route this year. Previously, the band focused on field show competitions, but the director intends to move toward parade events.
Carrollton Band Day Sept. 25 and Missouri Day Marching Festival in Trenton Oct. 16 are the band's most competitive events.
"We met last year's marching band goal by increasing our scores from the previous year. They received third place at the University of Central Missouri's homecoming parade competition," Koffman says.
This year's goal will remain the same, she continued. They are looking for slow, steady improvement.
Students are aware that participating in marching band means hard practice time, both on the field and off, and dealing with the elements outdoors.
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