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Growth in numbers and talent has led the Central Hardin High School marching band to tackle a complex, modern show for the 2013 season, according to Director David Centers.
“In my opinion, this is the strongest Central Hardin band I’ve ever taught,” Centers said.
The band has grown to more than 150 members, which includes many young, talented musicians and several experienced marchers, he said. Drum major Lexi Keith said it’s the hardest working group she’s been a part of, and drum major Darcy Arnold has been pleased with the band’s progress.
“I feel like we’re doing really great,” Arnold said.
This year’s show is called “Inside,” and plays on the words “in” and “side,” and the drill includes many shapes for the members to be “inside” of the show.
“Even though it’s kind of an abstract meaning, I think it’s a really cool way of doing a show,” Keith said.
Portraying one word and its various meanings is “kind of a mark of a 21st century band,” Centers said. Music for the show was chosen first, and the drill writer created the “Inside” theme.
Arnold enjoyed the show’s upbeat feel.
“It has a lot of life,” she said.
The show reminded drum major Airada Damdee of performances by Drum Corps International, an organization that offers clinics and camps to marching students.
“I know it’s going to be a challenge for some,” Damdee said, but she knew with practice “we’ll sound just like them, I know we will.”
Centers said the complexity of the show has slightly slowed down the pace of practice, but he’s confident the talent of the band will overcome it in time for its first show Sept. 14.
Keith said the band always has high expectations for itself. Arnold said she knows they have a great show and great students.
“I think we always just strive for greatness,” she said.
Schedule for the Central Hardin High School marching band season
- Sept. 14 - Contest at Montgomery County High School
- Sept. 28 - Kentucky Music Education Association contest
- Oct. 5 - Contest to be determined
- Oct. 19 - State quarterfinals
- Oct. 26- State championship
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.