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With football games soon approaching, the Marching Lions have not only been hard at work preparing to play under the Friday night lights, but also for their own competitive season.
As most kids began back-to-school shopping in the second week of August, the marching band traveled to the Hartman Center in Milroy, PA for their 49th annual band camp. The instrumentalists and color guard spent approximately nine hours each day learning the first two movements to their 2014 field show “Immortal: From Dusk to Dawn.”
Despite a day washed out due to heavy rain, the band was able to make up for lost time and is on their way to have a great first performance at the Aug. 29 football game pre-game festivities.
With practices Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays and games on Fridays, the Marching Lions have an even busier week when their competitive season begins.
This year, the band will be competing in two circuits, Cavalcade of Bands and Tournament of Bands in order to perform at closer shows. On Saturdays, the band will rehearse, travel, and perform at various schools within the circuits.
The show tells the story of what it means to be immortal, which in band director’s Curtis Crone’s, “is something that never dies...immortal can be whatever you imagine it to be.”
The opening movement will surely catch everyone’s eyes with its intricate drill and the awakening of these immortal beings, portrayed by the color guard. The second movement, a familiar song to most, features the band moving in unison and harmony, with the third movement mimicking a sunrise, forcing the immortal entities to disappear.
Audiences can look for small section features from the trumpets, flugelhorns and baritones, as well as colorful costuming of the color guard. Immortal promises to be a memorable show for marching band enthusiasts and even a crowd pleaser for those watching the big game.