The bands of North Henderson High School, West Henderson High School, and the host school, East Henderson High School met for their annual Marching Band Preview Show. These three Henderson County schools start their competitive season with this show. The exhibition allows them to fine-tune their show, and it allows the bands to see each other. The preview show is a Henderson County tradition that I’ve loved seeing these past few years.
North Henderson High School
North Henderson High School opened the night with a super-hero theme. The music reflected movies and TV shows featuring heroes. The surprise ending showcased who the true heroes in our lives are, and the celebration of these heroes was very touching. I was very impressed with this great band, and their patriotic program was a great opening to the show.
West Henderson High School
West Henderson High School performed a moving tribute to the friends we have in our lives. The band moves onto the field as if you are in a school hall, meeting your friends and making plans for the weekend. The music is all friend related, including the Rembrandt’s “I’ll Be There For You” from the TV Sitcom Friends and Toy Story’s “You Have A Friend In Me”. West’s show also allows the musicians the opportunity to do different things: The Drum Major (perhaps the best Drum Major in the World #ProudDad) gets to perform an opening flute solo, the color guard members pick up their trombones for a crowd-pleasing song with their section, and the drummers get a solo in front of the band. The entire show is fun and light, and truly is a crowd pleaser!
East Henderson High School
East Henderson High School finished up the preview show night with a rendition of one of my favorite performance, Andrew Loyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The host band performed at a level reserved for larger bands, and they killed it with their performance. I loved the familiar tunes from the classic play. Furthermore, seeing the lead trumpet in full Phantom costume was a fun twist on the normal marching band show.
For this marching band preview show, all three bands produced different shows. And all three bands did so well tonight. Henderson County has some amazing musical talent. Finally, congratulations to the band directors for such a successful and fun night. I am so glad I was able to see it.
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