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North Hardin band loaded with experience

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First in a series of previews of local band season

By Kelly Cantrall

North Hardin High School's marching band is entering the season with a lot of experience and a show from a new arranger, and band members are excited about their prospects in competition.

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This year’s show is called “From the Water’s Edge,” and uses visual representations for water and follows that theme. It was created by an arranger who writes music for television and film, including the show “Amazing Race,” band director Brian Froedge said.

Senior Mason Shank, the French horn section leader, said the music has a soundtrack feel to it, in the way it rises in action, climaxes and then resolves.

Froedge said the show is a work in progress and that the band still has a ways to go before it debuts in competition in September.

Junior Megan Johnson, a drum major, said the band has been making steady progress.

“It’s like learning how to walk,” she said. “It’s just one step after another.”

Johnson believes performing well is all about motivation.

Shank agreed, saying his years of experience help him be confident, and that it’s the job of upperclassmen to motivate newer members.

While working around the heat has been a challenge, the band’s large number of juniors and seniors have been an asset to the program, making this year’s marching band the most experienced the school has had in about 10 years, Froedge said.

Senior Shelby Cowles, a drum major, said the experience is showing, as the band has learned the material at a quick pace.

It’s also the largest band they’ve had in about a decade, with 181 students participating, he said. Seeing the program grow has been gratifying for Froedge.

“If the students weren’t having a great experience, they wouldn’t keep coming back,” he said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.

North Hardin High School Marching Band competition schedule

- Sept. 10 - Governor’s Gold Cup

- Sept. 24 - Bands of America Regional at Eastern Kentucky University

- Oct. 8  - Contest to be determined

- Oct. 22 - State Quarterfinals

- Oct. 29 - State Championships at Western Kentucky University

 

In tune: High School Marching Bands:

The series continues ...

  •  Aug. 31 - LaRue County
  • Sept. 2 - Central Hardin
  • Sept. 5 - Elizabethtown High
  • Sept. 7 - John Hardin