By Mackenzie Thomas
If you’ve ever been to a high school football game, you have probably seen the halftime show performed by the marching band. What appears to be an easy, effortless performance has actually taken large amounts of time and effort to put together. The marching band begins practicing and rehearsing in late August, approximately two weeks before school starts. This is called “band camp”. Many of you have probably heard, or even used the phrase, “This one time, at band camp…” This phrase has real meaning for most band members. They often have fond memories of band camp, along with some they would rather forget. Band camp is two weeks of learning how to march, practicing marching, learning and memorizing music, setting drill, and also getting to know fellow band members.
While marching may seem easy, it is harder than it looks. One who is marching must move forward, backwards, and sideways in time with the music, while playing, maintaining straight legs, watching the drum major, and maintaining near perfect posture. This year, THE Kuna Gold Band and Guard is performing a show this year that is written at a tempo of 180 beats per minute. In some cases, this means that people are covering 15 yards of ground in only 16 steps, and must therefore jazz run, (running in time with good posture) from one spot to another. In fact there is arguably enough physical activity involved that it should count as a P.E credit. Our director is currently in the process of making it so.
The band spends 12-hour days during band camp learning the basics of marching, and as mentioned earlier, setting drill. Drill is each set, or “picture” that the band creates. If you ever watched, and noticed that the formation the band is in looks cool, it is because they are working hard to make their forms look like forms instead of blobs. It takes a lot of work to make the lines look straight, and the curves look like curves.
After two weeks of band camp, the marching band will begin two-night-a-week rehearsals, which take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-9 pm. If you would like to watch the band practice, to see what exactly it is they do, you can come out and watch for a couple hours.
Come out and watch Kuna High’s Varsity Football team play, and watch the halftime show to see what the band has been working on this year. The first home football game and marching band performance is on September 13th, against Skyview. Come support Kuna!
For more information about the Kuna High School band, visit the Kuna Gold Website at www.kunabands.com or the Kuna Gold Parent/Community Page: www.kunagoldparents.com