In its first competition of the year, the marching band received a two, the second highest rating possible, at the Bonner Springs Marching Festival on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The band competed against 11 other schools with a medley called “Mars and Jupiter,” which included the songs “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.
The band’s score did not come as a shock to color guard captain senior Abby Brown, who was disappointed in the performance. She said the band needs to improve on timing before its next competition.
“I think that we could have been better. We need to be counting, because we are off sometimes and we need to know where each move goes with the counts,” Brown said. “I was not surprised [with our rating] because we really need to be practicing more and working on staying in time and marching in time.”
The judging panel consisted of Kansas State University head band director Frank Tracz and five members of his staff instructs the band.
Tracz was pleased with the improvements the band made after instruction.
“I thought they played well. I think it got better as we went through things,” Tracz said. “There’s a ton of talent here once we got through the fact that it’s early in the morning and they’re tired — all that human being stuff. They did well.”
When working with the band, Tracz focused on reinforcing execution skills like posture and energy.
“I think they learned to put some air through the horn. They didn’t learn anything that they hadn’t been taught already,” Tracz said. “I’m just here with a different voice, face and a different method of teaching, and, all of a sudden, that’s usually when you remember those things.”
Senior drum major Izik Gousseinov said the knowledge gained from Tracz and his staff will aid the band when it competes at KSU in October.
“It will definitely help us out a lot,” Gousseinov said. “I feel like the band will be more confident, musicality-wise and marching-wise. We hope to improve more.”