August 30, 2013
Valley High School marching band camp started at the end of July and ran until they started school on Aug. 19. They practiced seven hours a day, which consisted of music rehearsal and marching practice. After covering marching fundamentals and setting the drill for their show, they’ve come to a clean-cut classic rock halftime show.
The classic rock show will consist of “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett, “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister and “Shout it Out Loud” by Kiss.
Band director Lee Auer said that he chose a classic rock show with well-known songs because it is something the crowd and students are all familiar with. He said that while the songs are older and not often played on the radio, they are still songs prevalent to pop culture. Also, working in his favor, they are all songs that appear in the Guitar Hero game.
The band will switch to a pop show halfway through the season.
“They’ve jumped right on the show and learned the music pretty quickly,” Auer said. “I’m impressed. I thought I picked music that was a little hard, but they’ve learned it pretty quickly and now we are just making sure it is memorized and working on all the little details.”
The Valley marching band will not be competing this year, but will be hosting a competition Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. They will also be performing at this competition, not as a competitive entity, but just for show.
The band also plans on a few extra events throughout the football season. Friday, Sept. 20, there will be an alumni night. Rehearsal for alumni night will be before the game at 4 p.m. Middle School band night will be the following weekend, on Friday, Sept. 27. They are also having what Auer calls a “Band-O-Rama” at their last home game, which will be against Northwest on Oct. 18. Auer has invited Northwest and Eastern High School bands to play with Valley during halftime.
Jacob Lute, senior, has been in band for eight years and plays trombone.
“It’s been a great show and will continue to be great. Everyone has really worked hard and put a lot of work into the show and we’ve gotten a lot farther than we have before,” Lute said. ” The music is also well-known and generally well liked.”
Lute has used band as a learning experience that he might not have gotten elsewhere and intends on pursuing music in college, where he will study church music ministry.
“I love music and intend on studying that in college and being in college gives me a lot of experience in that field.”
Whitney Wright, senior, has been in band for eight years.
“I enjoy music thoroughly and it is something I am passionate about and it is always something new with me. Nothing is ever repeated and I feel like I’m always learning.”
Wright said that in past years they’ve not gotten an entire show finished, but worked mostly on music.
“People were a lot of dedicated than usual. I think our hard work will definitely show and we are going to look more prepared. Music wise our tone is better, sound quality and memorization is better; we sound as if we have more confidence than usual,” Wright said.
They Valley band will hit the field at the first home game on Sept. 20.
“We have a lot of seniors and younger students this year,” Auer said. “We are both enforcing fundamentals and making sure we are working as hard as we can at pushing ourselves to maintain the level that we’ve been able to reach the past few years, heights that Valley hasn’t seen in quite some time.”