The Harrison Central High School marching band is unique in many facets.
Two-year field commander Nathan Clemons says their flag corps and pitt, however, make them stand out most.
“I think it does. Not a lot of bands have it and we’re really honored to have a full section of the pit in the front. It makes the band better,” said Nathan Clemons.
This year’s half time show is filled with “Flashback Fridays” 80s hits that the kids and crowds love to sing along to.
“I always find it much more enjoyable whenever I’m playing a song of singing something I know. It’s interesting to learn something different but whenever I’m playing something I know it just makes me what to play it all the better, to the best of my ability, for everyone else,” said Kurt Neimayer.
“The music that we have this year I think it’s the best music we’ve had in my high school career. The tuba parts are great. I know i can say that personally, and the rest of the band, everyone is just killing it this year,” said Danielle Pittman.
They say their 87 member band really shines under the Friday night lights.
“If I learn my spot and everyone else does the same, they learn their each individual spot then it’ll all come together like a big jigsaw puzzle and work out really well in the end. And that’s what makes our Friday nights really special. It’s because everyone learns their own spot and it comes together when it matters the most,” said Megan Stackhouse.
They come together so well under the direction of Angela Ripley and her assistant Eric Zalenski, who the kids adore and respect.
“They’re like other parents, basically. If we’re sad they’re there for us, and if there’s something up or anything they’re right there for us like another parent. We call them rip dog and Mr. Z,” said Cara Young.
“They’re just the best. I think they’re the best every. They really make us feel incorporated. They take what we have into consideration and they do their best to make it the best for us. They want us to be knowledgeable in music and in what we’re doing, so we can go on and we can remember all the stuff that they’ve taught us,” said Clemons.
It’s been said many times, high school marching bands are like families, but it’s more than that. They help students in ways you wouldn’t think.
“Band is unique. Something that I really didn’t get to do often. I didn’t really talk to many people during my elementary school (years). Band has kind of forced me to branch out, be social, make a few friends,” said Neimayer.