Back in July, three weeks before school started, a group of 260 kids gave up sleeping in late to spend eight hours each weekday at school — on the football field, learning music and putting together a marching routine.
It’s not like the old days when I was in marching band. They don’t learn a new show for each football game. They learn one show, but it’s a doozy. It’s complex and wonderful — the kind of thing that takes 400 hours of work to put together.
School started, but band practice didn’t end then. The kids stayed after school until 5:00 three days each week, and on the other two days they went back for three hours in the evening. Once September arrived, they all spent Saturdays at school as well for competitions. These usually began with 6 a.m. breakfasts and didn’t end until the students arrived back home — often after midnight.
It all came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, when the Indiana State Marching Band Finals were held in the huge Lucas Oil Stadium, where this year’s Super Bowl was held.
Ten Class A bands performed, out of 30 that had begun the season.
They’re ready to perform! Can you stand the excitement?
Marching band isn’t just about marching anymore. Is it dance? A sport? All of the above?
Just eight minutes later, it was all over. After the ten bands had performed, they all returned to the field. It was an awesome sight: all the colorful costumes, sequins glittering. So much anticipation! So many hours of work represented.
The results were read, beginning with tenth place. It was nerve-wracking! The excitement built as we waited for our band to be called.
We came in second! It was neat to watch the kids cross the field to congratulate the first-place band.
Congratulations to the Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching Band! As your director said, you’re a great example of “No Child Left Behind” or “Race to the Top” — a couple of programs that haven’t seemed to show much success overall.
Now I know you’re dying to actually see the show, right?
Get something to drink, and enjoy the next eight minutes. Here is “The Lost Melody.”