For most people, when they think of October, they think of costumes, candy, and pumpkin spice lattes, but what they don’t know is that October also happens to be the prime time for marching band competitions. On Saturday, October 11, the Champion Charger Marching Band performed at the 10th Annual Harlandale Marching Festival and won Best Brass, Best Woodwinds, and 1st place in the 5A division.
The band has spent weeks preparing for the October competitions with both before and after school practices, rehearsing the show up to eight hours a week. The show this year is entitled “Zombie Apocalypse,” featuring the music from “The Walking Dead,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “Zombie” from the Cranberries. The band immediately captures the audience’s attention in the opener with eerie vocals, creepy color guard maneuvers, and different sections of the band moving into positions imitating the dead arising from the grave. Throughout the show, band members are slowly infected and find themselves coming to a climactic death.
The day of the competition, the marchers were in the band hall and ready by 12:15, awaiting the two hour bus ride to Harlandale. After the bus ride, the band had to quickly get into their uniforms, grab their instruments and flags, and warm up before being ushered into the stadium. The judges were soon in place and the words “Drum Majors, is your band ready?” boomed over the loudspeaker. With that, the drum majors completed a prideful salute and resumed attention. It was time for the performance. The band tried their hardest and put on an amazing show, impressing the judges.
Several hours and many other bands later, it was time for the results. Drum majors and color guard captains were asked to report to the field for awards. The anticipation of band members was palpable, but all their hard work paid off. Champion Band’s name was announced not once or twice, but three times, winning Best Brass, Best Woodwinds, and 1st place overall. The band will attend its UIL competition on October 18 in hopes of getting sweepstakes for the 23rd consecutive year.
by Kaitlyn Reid, senior reporter for The Hoof Print (CHS online newspaper)