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South Tama Band daring to dream in 2018

September 11, 2018
By Allison Graham - The News-Herald ( / , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Dare to Dream is the theme the South Tama County Marching Band has adopted this season. The theme pays homage to their show but also the idea to dream as big as you can.

"We want them to dream of things they may feel are out of their reach," said High School Band Director Mike Carnahan.

2018 show

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The STC Marching Band 2018 show is from Circ de Soleil. The show consists of four songs including Atmadja from Quidam and A La Lune, Reve Rouge and Urban from the show LaNoBa. The drill was written by Dameon Place (Pella) and the color guard choreography was done by Megan Assenmacher-Umthen (Marshalltown).

"It's fun and exciting music," said Mike Carnahan, "If you've ever seen a Circ de Soleil show it kind of brings out a lot of the imagery involved with it. If you haven't it still brings out a fun visualization."

Meet the Drum Majors

Drum Majors selected for the season are Chaysen OldBear, senior and Katherin Kofstad, junior.

Chaysen OldBear

Name - Chaysen OldBear

Grade - 12th grade

Whatt does it mean to you to be a drum major - It means that I have a lot of responsibility for this entire band but I feel honored that Mr. Carnahan chose me for Drum Major.

Favorite Music - Lindsey Sterling, violinist

What does it mean to be a part of the band for the school - It means that ther are opportunites to be part of something fun and amazing and to be among friends. We work hard to put on a good show and have an amazing time while doing it.

What is your favorite music to listen to - hard or alternative rock

Katherin Kofstad

Name- Katherin Kofstad

Grade- 11th

What does it mean- To be Drum Major means you have to be responsible. People are relying on you to set an example, to be a leader, and to have the music down so they can learn the tempos and where dramatic parts of the music happen.

Favorite Musician- Ludwig Van Beethoven

What does it mean to be a part of the band for the school- Band is like a family, a group of people you can lean on and count on. It's a way we show pride for our school and community.

Favorite music to listen to- Classical Music and Rock Music


The band will be at four competing this season. The first competition is the Marching Dutch Invite in Pella on Saturday, Sept. 22. On Saturday, Sept. 29 they will compete at the Five Seasons Marching Invite at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. Then on Saturday, October 6 they travel to the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival. They wrap up their season at the Waukee Warrior Marching Invite on Saturday, October 13.

"Our band is full of some pretty enthusiastic and energetic students," Carnahan said, "they want to see the band improve and get back to the those years where we were succeeding and getting Division one ratings. I like this band a lot. They are a good group of students and great people."

Of course you can catch their show at any home football game including Friday, September 14 and Friday, October 5 (Homecoming).

The band is under the direction of High School Band teacher and Tama City Mayor Mike Carnahan. This season Carnahan has some help from STC Elementary teacher Mollie Tafta and her husband Joe Tafta who is the Juvenile Court Liaison for South Tama. The two both have marching band experience from high school. Mollie brings her expertise from Davenport Central High School to the STC Color Guard. Teresa Smith, STC Middle School Band Director, also assists with the program.

"I'm hoping with all the help and expertise that is going to help push us in a direction we want to be going," said Carnahan.

On the first football game of the season the band donned matching t-shirts donated by Mickey and Dan Ferriss who have a granddaughter in the band. The t-shirts are a nice addition to their uniforms as according to Carnahan they are nice to have when it is hot and they will also be worn under their uniforms so that when their jackets are off they are still matching.



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