“The band looks very good coming out of band camp and we expect to have a very successful year,” said band director Don McGuire, now in his third year at GCHS.
According to McGuire, this year’s show is titled “Harlem 1935” and will feature jazz and blues music from that era.
Despite losing a few key musicians to graduation, McGuire says he has high hopes for this year’s marching band, which features about 20 musicians. There are an additional eight students in the color guard, which is being coached by first-year instructor Michelle Hueser.
According to McGuire, both groups must rehearse and work together for many hours to achieve the high degree of precise choreography and musical quality that characterize top-level marching band performances.
“We have a solid lineup this year,” said senior trumpet player Andrew Hugentobler, who is one of two musicians to have a featured solo during the show.
Hugentobler said he will play a solo during two of the show’s four numbers, namely “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Feeling Good.” The other GCHS performer to have a featured solo during the show will be junior saxophonist Sadie Bown, McGuire said.
“We are expanding from four competitions to seven this year,” McGuire said, adding that he is hopeful the marching band will also be ready and able to perform at least a portion of its program at the halftime of the Red Devils’ first home football game, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29.