Marching One Step at a Time

Alyssa Wright

Performing their show “Russia”, the Spanish Fork High School marching band gets ready to start competition season by spending the night performing basic drills, warm-ups, and their show for family and friends on Monday, September 13th. Following their performance, the band members allowed friends and family under the age of 14, to come down and learn how to march, and get a close up of the instruments. Katie Stansworth, this year’s drum major when asked about Monday’s performance said, “We did a great job. It’s exciting and rewarding to see all our hard work start to pay off.” As the band has jumped into a new school year, new band teacher, and new music, it’s been a learning experience that is guaranteed to be the farthest thing from easy. From band camp in August lasting 14 hours a day, to early morning rehearsal starting at 6:30, the marching band members are the last to be intimidated and are yet to show what they have regardless of their size. With the band finishing off parade season on Labor Day with the Payson parade, they jump into the hardest, but most amazing part of marching band: Competition season. This is something the band works all the way from the beginning of marching band in May. This year the band will be competing with their show Russia, which is a three part show consisting of the songs Russian Sailors dance, Hymn to Red October, and Russian Easter Overture. When band members were asked what keeps them going, all they had to say was “We perfect, we know it will be worth it in the long run regardless of whether or not we win. When we rehearse we are asked to be there physically and mentally. A big thing we must remember is we demand perfection from each other, our band teacher Ms. Magelby demands perfection, and we do our best to give it.” The band is excited and ready to start competing. They will be attending Nebo Review on Saturday the 18th, and Nebo Tournament of bands Saturday September 25th. Wish them luck if you get a chance to; this is one band that is ready to perform, and has earned the right to do so.