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GCHS, WHS MARCHING BANDS GET SET FOR SEASON

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Grant County Marching Band: 

Name of Director: Andrew McGrannahan

 

Number of band members and number of seniors: 75 (10 seniors)

 

Name of this year’s show: The Climb

 

Musical selections: “Music for Prague” by Karel Husa and “Coronation” Tristan and Yvaine from “Stardust”

 

Description of Show:  We have a giant 18-foot by 36-foot mountain in the middle that the band is trying to climb. There are lots of mountain climbing elements embedded into the show. By the end of the show, we will find out if we make it, and by the end of the season, if the marching band has climbed to the top.

 

Biggest competition: Ourselves. This is a rebuilding year for us. I don’t care if we came in last place as long as we meet the goals we set as a band at the beginning of the year. 

 

Outlook:  We are young but energetic. I am asking the students to perform at a degree. I think we will be finals-worthy, but there are a lot of challenges ahead, and we may run into a few growing pains along the way.

 

Schedule: 

• Sept. 8  – Bourbon County 

• Sept.15 – Lafayette Invitational

• Sept. 22 – Ryle High School

• Oct. 6 – Grant County

• Oct. 20 – KMEA State Regional Finals

• Oct. 27 – KMEA State Championship Semi-Finals & Finals

 

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Williamstown Marching Band:

 

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Name of Director: Ian Caldwell

 

Number of band members and number of seniors: 46 band members (eight seniors)

 

Name of this year’s show: 1,001 Nights

 

Musical selections: “Scheherazade” by Nicholai Rimsky-KorsaKov and “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf

 

Show Description:  Our show takes you through the tail of a princess who is sentenced to be executed but each night tells the sultan a bed time story which she promises to finish the next day.  The princess begins a new tail the next night and begins a cycle of unfinished stories for 1,001 nights.  The princess and sultan eventually fall in love and are married.  

 

Biggest competition in your class this year:  Our biggest competition this year will be both Beechwood & Murray.  Beechwood has always been a strong competitor and we are certain they will continue to be that again this year.  Murray is coming off of their first state championship after last season so we anticipate them to continue building off of a successful year.

 

Outlook for the upcoming season: I am definitely optimistic about this season for our program but at the same time I can’t tell you exactly what the future holds for us.  We are doing things a little differently than Williamstown has done in the past.  We have a new look, a few new staff with amazing experience, and a show with tons of potential to be one we look back on and are proud of.  I’m looking forward to seeing the students grow as musician’s and people, and I am excited for everything that will be coming our way this season.

 

Schedule:

• Sept. 8  – Bourbon County 

• Sept.15 – Lafayette Invitational

• Sept. 22 – Bands of America Regional at Miami University

• Oct. 6 – Grant County

• Oct. 20 – KMEA State Regional Finals

• Oct. 27 – KMEA State Championship Semi-Finals & Finals

 

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