Grand County High School’s marching band and color guard have already been practicing long hours to get ready for the upcoming performance season.
According to band director Casey Lawson, there are a total of 23 students in the group this year, including 14 musicians who play wind, brass and percussion instruments, eight color guard members, plus drum major Isabel Becerra, a junior.
Lawson said that the band’s chosen repertoire for this year has an “animals” theme, with musical pieces such as “Animal,” by Neon Trees, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Aquarium,” a percussion number by Camille Saint-Saëns and “Shake a Tail Feather,” by Ray Charles, as featured in the film “The Blues Brothers.”
The GCHS band is scheduled to perform selections from its competition show at the halftime of the Red Devils’ opening football game against. Monticello on Friday, Aug. 18, and during other home games throughout the season.
They also are scheduled to perform at the Moab Farmers’ Market on Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the group’s annual “Band Aid” fundraiser with Moab Taiko Dan and the Fiery Furnace Marching Band.
Lawson said the GCHS marching band will also perform at competitions in the Salt Lake City area in September and October before winding up the season at the Utah State Marching Competition in St. George the first weekend in November.