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MHS Pride band is ready for the marching season

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Members of the Monett Pride marching band rehearsed during last week's band camp at Monett High School. Band Director Danika White said the band members worked hard and learned fast.
The Monett Pride marching band braved record-setting heat to participate in the end-of-summer band camp held at Monett High School last week.

According to Band Director Danika White, the students worked hard preparing for this year's show, "Amazonian Rainforest," which depicts the adventures that an exploratory team may have while in a rainforest. The show will be performed at halftime at home football games and at marching competitions. The band is also scheduled to perform this Saturday night during Pride Night at the Burl Fowler Stadium

During the week-long camp, which was held from Aug. 1 through Aug. 5, band members rehearsed outside in the mornings and then spent the afternoon inside working on their music for the season.

"The band worked at the highest level that I've seen since I got here, despite really poor conditions," said White. "They finished their fundamental block well ahead of schedule each day and set all of the drill for the first movement of the show by Friday. Retention of what was being taught was very high, and this allowed us to move forward at a very fast pace."

In response to sizzling temperatures during camp, students hydrated before rehearsals and then took frequent water breaks during rehearsals.

"Our boosters also provide us with popsicles during our mid-morning break, and we all hit those hard as well as using the tent that Weiser Tents provides for us each year," White said. "The boosters also fed the band very well during full camp week, and the heat certainly didn't affect their appetites."

In the afternoons, the band splits up into sectionals where they break down their music and begin to learn it for the season. They also make sure that pregame is memorized and the band is ready to go for the football season as well as Pride night on Saturday, Aug. 13.

As White looks ahead to the new school year, she said she is excited to premiere the band's new uniforms.

"The arrival date for those should be the week of homecoming, and I can't wait to share those with the home crowd, " said White. "In addition, I'm thrilled with the growth that the band is showing in maturity of sound and skill level.

"Unfortunately, we took a numbers hit this year, and we will be very focused on getting our numbers back up," said White. "However, I don't think you'll notice a difference in volume or a slackening in our product for the year."

Also new to the band program this year is Todd Borgmann, who will serve as Monett Middle School band director and assistant high school band director.

"While we will miss Mr. Brown, Todd is a great addition to our staff, and he has certainly hit the ground running," White said.

In addition to band camp, the band's drum majors attended camp July 17, 18, 19 and 20, the leadership team met on July 25, the Guard practiced on July 26, 27 and 28 and the freshmen band members gathered together on July 29.

The Monett band will travel to Chicago this year to participate in a clinic at Vandercook University and to perform at the Natural History Museum or a competition setting. More details will be released at a future date.

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