by Lisa Tome
The nearly 80 members of the Rising Sun High School Band are getting ready to take you back in time.
Preparations for Rock and Roll Band Tour - the marching band's football stadium and contest entry for this fall are well underway.
"They are learning how to march, be a team, and play the music," said Jay Farmer, assistant band director. Farmer was filling in for director Frank Metzger last week during band camp. The camp began August 4 and ran for six eight hour sessions, wrapping up with a parent night.
The musical selections chosen for Rock and Roll Band Tour are "Rock and Roll Band" by Boston, "25 or 6 to 4" and "Make Me Smile" by Chicago, and "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas.
"On the first day (of camp) they hadn't heard the Boston song," said Farmer. "By the third day they had it memorized."
Alex Miller plays the sousaphone. He's in the band for his third year and is accustomed to the rigors of band camp. "It's not that bad. I like hanging out with my friends and playing the instruments," said Miller.
Tenor sax player Jannelle Mohney is also a third year band member. "It was more difficult last year. This year, the music is more difficult and the marching is easy," said Mohney. Mohney is also a two-sport athlete, playing volleyball and softball. She explained the differences between athletics and band. "We're both a team. But there is more pressure on you on a sports team than in the band. With volleyball, there's only six players on the court at a time," she said.
Twenty of the performers are new this year. Some came from Rising Sun Middle or other school bands. Some are older students who joined band this year.
Giulia Allen is a sophomore who just joined band as a flute player. "I like it. The music is different than what I've done before. I like that it's more complex," she said.
Haley Montgomery's instrument of choice isn't musical at all. Montgomery is a member of the band's color guard. She twirls both flag and rifle. "Color guard is really fun. We do dance routines and add movement to the band. I love it. This is my third year," said Montgomery.
Marcus Rando is new to the band. But thanks to his father, Bobby, a Boston fan, Rando is very familiar with the music. "My dad listens to the music so I've heard it before. Band camp is fun and hard. Mr. Herbert Brown is our coach. He's very strict but can also be fun," said Rando, who plays percussion.
In addition to Farmer, and Herbert Brown, others assisting with band camp this year are Becky Leverton and Ken Miller. Both Farmer and Miller are former band students who learned under Metzger's direction when he worked at North East High School.