The Lost Melody: Marching to Victory

Homestead Marching Alliance Spartans fluteBack 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.

Lucas Oil StadiumTen Class A bands performed, out of 30 that had begun the season.

Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching BandThey’re ready to perform! Can you stand the excitement?

Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching BandMarching band isn’t just about marching anymore. Is it dance? A sport? All of the above?

Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching BandJust 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.

Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching Band Top Ten Lucas Oil State Finals Class AThe 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.

Homestead Spartan Alliance Marching Band State FinalsCongratulations 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.

My personal favorite member of the band 🙂

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.”

6 thoughts on “The Lost Melody: Marching to Victory

  1. Band members such as these will be tomorrow’s leaders. It takes a tremendous amount of DISCIPLINE!

  2. Way to go Caroline and HOMESTEAD SPARTAN ALLIANCE BAND! You will always be in first place in MY eyes!!!!

  3. Congratulations!

    My high school had a marching band, but we were too small for a football team – so no field band. I’ve always loved watching the routines!

  4. Now THAT is entertainment! I can’t for the life of me figure out why the Super Bowl doesn’t use marching bands for the half-time show anymore. Congratulate your girl on her hard work and discipline. This brought back so many good memories! I remember all the time, hard work and discipline it took to perform in marching band, and we didn’t put in nearly the hours you are describing!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful performance and second place in the state. WOW!

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