Band to step out with ‘Blossom’


By Don Brown



The Cougar Marching Band has been hard at work for the past two weeks and has one more week of Band Camp before the start of the 2016-17 year.


Saxophones were neatly stored away while the band practiced its steps without instruments on Tuesday.


During a water break this group tried to stay cool. L-R: Kaylie Westphal, Misty Ward, Alexis Harmon, and Morgan Whittington.


These trombones were awaiting their musicians to arrive.


During periodic breaks in the 90-degree heat, shade was at a premium.


Sousaphones lined the work area during a break.


The Cougar Marching Band has been working for the past couple of weeks on it new show for the 2016-17 school year, “Blossom.”

The band used the first week of camp to focus on the fundamentals of marching. Last week and again this week, the band is working on its step pattern and will be putting it together with the music as the week progresses.

Under the direction of Aaron and Ashley Bell, the band has had several years of success during marching season competing at the 5A level against larger schools. Because of changes by the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), the band will move down a level, to 4A, this season.

Using the music of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring, the band will present a colorful program of “blossoming.” A large flower in the center of the field will open, as will the band’s uniforms and a number of umbrellas wielded by the Color Guard.

According to Ashley Bell, the Color Guard, which is under the direction of Shelby Thompson, will have 31 members this year, the largest contingent of flag bearers the band has ever had.

The band will have a total of 107 members, with Drum Majors Faith Hart and Kelsey Carwile providing direction on the field.

The band will present its show, at least in part, this coming Friday evening when they host Parent Night. The show will begin at 6 p.m. in the school’s parking lot. The band had a number of pork chops left following the Fiddling Festival last week and they will have them on sale on Friday. Six dollars will get a pork sandwich, a drink and chips.

Come on out this Friday evening and support the Cougar band as it prepares for the upcoming marching season.

The Cougar Marching Band has been hard at work for the past two weeks and has one more week of Band Camp before the start of the 2016-17 year.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Stepping.jpgThe Cougar Marching Band has been hard at work for the past two weeks and has one more week of Band Camp before the start of the 2016-17 year.

Saxophones were neatly stored away while the band practiced its steps without instruments on Tuesday.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Saxes.jpgSaxophones were neatly stored away while the band practiced its steps without instruments on Tuesday.

During a water break this group tried to stay cool. L-R: Kaylie Westphal, Misty Ward, Alexis Harmon, and Morgan Whittington.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_4-girls.jpgDuring a water break this group tried to stay cool. L-R: Kaylie Westphal, Misty Ward, Alexis Harmon, and Morgan Whittington.

These trombones were awaiting their musicians to arrive.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Trombones.jpgThese trombones were awaiting their musicians to arrive.

During periodic breaks in the 90-degree heat, shade was at a premium.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Shade.jpgDuring periodic breaks in the 90-degree heat, shade was at a premium.

Sousaphones lined the work area during a break.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Sousaphones.jpgSousaphones lined the work area during a break.

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622. ext. 2016.

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622. ext. 2016.

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