They might not be one of the biggest band in the area but what this years Big Reds Marching Band might lack in numbers they more than make up for in hard work and dedication that’s second to none.
There are just over thirty members in this year’s group but they are a close-nit bunch that work together to put on an impressive and unique half time show.
They spend a lot of their own time at volunteer practices working hard to get better each week. All-in-all this is a group of kids that have a true passion for music and love to perform.
“All of the music sounds so wonderful once we get it all together and we put so much effort into it. It feels amazing,” said Shannon Shiflett.
“It’s a lot of work but we can put it together and it sounds good,” said Field Commander Summer Baker.
“I wanted to join because I like the way the music sounds. I like the camaraderie that comes from it. I like being part of something that is bigger than myself,” said Bethany Hawkins.
“I grew up around music. Pretty much my whole family was in the band and they just pretty much inspired me to continue on with the legacy,” said Lizzy Diehl.
They are also one of the areas youngest bands with several 7th and 8th graders in the mix.
“Our older kids, they mentor the younger ones. They put a lot of extra help in. They will ask me can we take 20 minutes to help this group or that group,” said Cheyanne Hawkins, Bellaire Band Director.
“It’s fun to work with the young kids because I know they can put so much effort in and by the time they my age they will be amazing musicians and amazing marchers,” said Hawkins.
The Red Line is a long time tradition in the Bellaire band. There are five members on this years squad and senior member Katy Mellott says they add an extra element to the half time show but it’s not easy.
“You have to have a lot of determination to get the dances down. You have to be able to take constructive criticism in order to actually look good,” said Melott.
“It adds a lot of entertainment and enjoyment and it’s something different because not a lot of bands have dance teams,” said Shayla Rosen, Red Line Captain.
The theme of their halftime show is metal through the ages. It features heavy metal music from band like Black Sabbath and Metalica. It’s a show you don’t want to miss. You can catch it this Saturday when the Big Reds take on John Marshall at Nelson Field.