Last season the STC marching band celebrated the 50th anniversary of the James Bond 007 film franchise. For the 2014 season the Trojans have found a new anniversary to celebrate, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landing in America.
The marching band was hard at work Aug. 4-8 at a Marching Band Workshop. Directed by Mike Carnahan, the band focused on the formations, music, and movements of the show.
The half-time show will include some of the Beatles' most popular tunes such as "Magical Mystery Tour", "Lady Madonna", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Eleanor Rigby", "Blackbird", and "Yesterday". According to freshman Jacob Dostal the marching band arrangement might sound a bit different, "We are cutting up the music and patching it together so it is kind of like a Frankenstein of songs."
Members of the STC?Marching Band practice the formation at the workshop on Thursday, Aug. 7, on their practice field. Chronicle/Allison Graham
The students are excited for the community to see the half-time show on Friday nights and are enjoying spending time with the Beatles' music.
Junior Belle Tyynismaa has stepped into a leadership role for the marching band this season. She, alongside returning senior Sadie Kavalier, are the 2014 drum majors. Tyynismaa stated that camp has been really awesome, and their energy is up, which is exactly what they need. Tyynismaa expressed excitement along with some nerves as she feels the responsibility of leading her band mates saying, "I am kind of nervous because I don't want to let my band down, I want to do my best."
The band as a whole seems to really be enjoying the music this season including senior Talon Lamb who said, "I have always grown up with classic rock."
Senior Raven Hall also expressed enthusiasm about the Beatles theme. "I really like it, I think it's a really neat idea. Learning the music is just half of the puzzle though. The movements really bring the show to life. "I can't wait until we get it down and are able to march it," said Hall.
For freshman Jacob Dostal this will be his first time taking the field with the Trojans as he helped out in the pit last season as an eighth grader. "Actually being out there and marching is a lot different from being in the pit because you have to focus on playing your music and marching, but it's definitely fun and interesting," said Jacob.
Jenifer Nunez joined band for the first time as a sophomore. Nunez wanted to play music and learn something new. She will be playing the clarinet and is learning some new notes along with the show.
Shae Betz had this to say about camp, "It is very fun once you get in the rhythm of it, you just kind of keep going."
For the senior band members this is just the start of their final events as high school students. Raven Hall stated, "I just want it to be a good season and make my senior year the best it can be in everything I do."
Talon Lamb, also a senior, has a great perspective going into his senior year, "I am hoping we can all go out with a bang. Usually people think high school is the end for a lot of stuff but in fact it is kind of the beginning." Lamb is confidant the marching band season will be a successful one stating, "Just wait, it will get even better."
Tyynismaa encourages everyone to not only watch their half-time show but also come check out one of the marching band competitions, as they are a "totally different experience."
In addition to playing shows during home football games the band is also set to compete in three marching band competitions at Pella, Waukee, and the State Marching Band Competition in Cedar Rapids.