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South Tama Marching Band rocks another fall season

November 12, 2015
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama Marching Band wrapped up their season on Monday, November 2 with one final halftime performance during the Trojans' second round playoff game against New Hampton.

The group's 2015 marching band show was titled Back in Black and Blue. The show consists of four rock songs including AC/DC's "Back in Black", "Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones, Behind Blue Eyes by The Who, and Styx's Blue Collar Man.

Due to some untimely poor weather the season did not start quite the way they had anticipated. The first home game of the season was rained out and postponed. The next home game mother nature reared it's ugly head again and while the band was able to play they were not able to perform the show due to a soggy field.

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Gannon Ferneau pulls double duty in his football uniform as he marches during the STC?Marching Band halftime show Back in Black and Blue on Monday night, Nov. 2.
Chronicle photos/Allison Graham

As the season moved ahead the weather improved and the band was able to take the field for the remaining home games and was even able make up for missed time at beginning of the season with two post-season games.

The STC Marching Band also competed at three marching band competitions. The first competition was in Pella for the Marching Dutch Invitational. Poor weather again put the Trojans at a disadvantage as wet conditions kept the band from performing and making adjustments leading up to the competition. South Tama finished in 9th place among the Class 3A competitors. The Trojans marchers moved forward and onward to their next competition, which was the State Marching Band competition held at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. The band received a two rating and improved their score from the Marching Dutch Invite.

The final competition was held in Waukee. This is a bigger competition and, according Band Director Mike Carnahan, usually draws some of the best bands in the state. Although the band anticipated their scores to drop slightly, they came away with the score as at the state competition in what Carnahan called a "moral victory."

Some highlights for the season included 11 former Trojan marching band members returning for Homecoming to represent their colleges that they play for now.

For Carnahan this has been a great group of students with fun personalities to work with. "This group really started to bring back the whole family aspect that we place such an importance on," said Carnahan.

Another highlight was seeing the participation of Gannon Ferneau. Ferneau pulls double duty on Friday nights playing as a reserve for the varsity football team and marching during halftime.

"I think it says a lot about both programs and about Gannon's character," said Carnahan.

Upcoming events for the band include the Winter Concert on Dec 7 and Pep Band Alumni night on Jan. 8. The middle school band will also be holding a concert on Dec. 14.



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