This year, Andrew and I have been working with the Millbrook High School Marching Band on their Moulin Rouge show–Andrew’s the percussion instructor, and I’m in charge of the brass line. It’s been a fun and challenging experience, and now we get to see the results of all the students’ efforts over the last couple of months!
Marching band was a very special experience for me as a teenager. At the time, I loved band because of the trips, the new friends, and the sense of accomplishment I felt when we marched a killer show. But looking back, I’m glad I marched for entirely different reasons. The process of working up a marching show is one of challenge, boundary-pushing, and constant growth. Over my years on the field, I grew from an uncertain, awkward kid into a determined young adult who isn’t afraid to work hard to get things done. And it’s cool to see other kids doing the same thing.
In this spirit of progress, I present the “Watch the Marching Band Grow” series. Each time the Millbrook Band competes, I’ll post their show recordings here–and we can watch them polish their show throughout the season. Here’s their starting point, from last Saturday’s competition at Panther Creek High. Enjoy!