What it Means to be in Marching Band at North Buncombe High School


 The best part about being at North Buncombe High School is the marching band. This is where hundreds of students come together to make music and a story. They do this by playing classic recognizable tunes while making complicated formations. Marching band is a cohesive activity that focuses on teamwork, athletic ability, and consistency to make a product such as the 2015 show Ignite.

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                It takes our Band director, along with a committee of expert clinicians, months to find a idea for our marching band show. They go through hundreds of different themes and many genres of music to find what best fits the band. This year they chose the theme Ignite. This show symbolizes fire, chaos, and energy, a perfect fit for North Buncombe. The musical works chosen were, The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky, Katy Perry’s Firework, and a selection from Phantom Regiments 2007 production of On Air. With the help of our drill writer, Scott Lanning the drum technician, Mr. Andrew Shelton, Mrs. Misty Theisen, and our guard instructors, the show took flight and was a fun experience for all of the students and audience members that witnessed and took part in its production.             

                In order to achieve greatness for any activity, the key is practice. Mondays, Tuesdays,  and Thursdays throughout the fall you’ll see the marching band practicing our show; much longer than any of the sport teams. When people see the band’s show on the first football game, they often don’t realize the amount of hard work that these talented students put into the production. From countless first place finishes and superior ratings at festival both in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Marching Band you can see how practicing hard and diligence can pay off, a way to show the world the great things going on at North Buncombe is going to competitions around the nation. These competitions bring the best bands from around the area to spotlight the hard work that they put into their individual productions. Each band performs and is evaluated by a panel of judges that critique bands on musicality, marching, percussion, guard, and overall effect. Their scores are determined by how well the band plays and performs as a group. Competition is the band’s “game day” where we pour everything on the field and hope for the best. For the students, knowing that you did your absolute best and gave one-hundred percent effort is the most rewarding part of marching band. Earning your way to a first place trophy is always nice, but to the students, the experiences and memories that they made are  all that really matters . From meeting new friends, creating beautiful music, and developing fond new memories, marching band is all the worthwhile to have these great experiences.