Marching band preparing Homecoming show

Josh Phillips prepares for the National Anthem before the varsity football game against Harbor Springs on Sept. 15.

The Homecoming football game is one of the most attended football games of the year. A popular attraction is the halftime show which includes the class floats presentation, a performance from the varsity cheer team, the crowning of the king and queen, and a performance from the 7-12 marching band.

“We are constantly preparing for performances to enhance any activity we are affiliated with,” band and choir instructor Rich Brand said. “Homecoming is our biggest home audience.”

The large audience makes for an electric atmosphere.

“The energy from so many alumni and students, as well as parents and school personnel, make the atmosphere a great place to perform,” Brand said

The band also has rehearsals from 7-9 p.m. every Monday night throughout the fall. Those hours are crucial for the band, as they do not get very many hours in a week to practice their performance.

“There is just not enough time to prepare for all performances the band is called upon to attend so we need extra rehearsal time outside of class the school day,” Brand said. “Monday night rehearsals give us an opportunity to practice so our performances are stronger and presented at a higher level.”

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I've been writing for IL360 for two years, mainly write about cheerleading and band. I also co-host the "Let's talk about it podcast".

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