Last year, Solanco High School's concert band performed a number of composer Randall Standridge's creations.
"The kids really fell in love with him right away," said music teacher and marching band director Scott Weyman, "and I became a fan of the composer."
So when Weyman was looking for a program for this year's marching band, he looked at Standridge's shows.
"He scores a lot for middle and high school bands," he said. "I started to go through the options he has written for a marching band. He writes more contemporary style marching band shows."
Although school didn't open until August 29, Elizabeth Martin already started her first teaching job weeks in advance.
Martin, who was hired earlier this year to direct Solanco's middle and elementary school bands, has wrapped up her first band camp.
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The music in this year's halftime show is familiar, Solanco High School band director Scott Weyman said last week.
"We're doing a Queen show, based on the music from the British rock group," he said.
A lot of listeners as well as musicians know the songs, and that can be a challenge for the band.