The Martins Ferry Purple Riders Band have just completed a another successful marching season and the members are looking forward to concert season. Their final halftime show was this past weekend. It was a special show for all members and a bittersweet moment for the Seniors as the Riders took on their long time rivals from Bellaire.
“It’s been a good Senior year to finish it off and everyone is working hard,” said senior, Ashlen Hines.
“It’s been an interesting ride and I’m glad I got to experience it,” said senior, Karen Heath.
Julia Wayne is once again band director. The kids say she pushes them to play their best each week.
“She puts really challenging stuff for all of us and she says now this is too hard for you guys but we do it anyways,” said senior, Chandler Wayne.
One unique thing about this years band is they have three field commanders who rotate for each song. Senior Ashlen Hines is one of the conductors. She is also part of the flag corps, which hasn’t been easy sine she was injured at band camp.
“I twirl for the last song and conduct for the second one but I can’t for the first one because we move too much,” said Hines.
Most band members say that while they had a great time during marching season but as the weather gets colder they will be happy to move indoors for concert season. That’s especially true for woodwinds.
“For woodwinds it’s really difficult. Brass don’t have to worry as much but woodwinds have to constantly have to put air through their instrument so it has a proper temperature to not sound as squawky,” said Heath.
Their first concert will be later this fall.