It’s a sure sign that school is about to start when the drum line pounds out its cadence and brass instrument bells reflect in the summer sun.
Last week, hundreds of band students at Pinkerton Academy and Londonderry High School took to the field to get ready for a new year of marching, maneuvers and music.
High school band camps give student musicians several weeks to prepare their field drills prior to opening day.
Pinkerton’s band is led by director Mike Adams, who called out drill assignments and instructions on a warm day last week on the school’s soccer field.
Everyone comes with instrument or flag in hand, ready to learn the songs that will get the group through another marching band season. This year’s Pinkerton band is about 200 strong. This year’s musical selections include a “West Side Story” medley.
Pinkerton’s band has an added bonus this fall — this is the band’s first year of marching under night game lights on their home turf.
Lights are now installed at the school’s upper athletic field, including the football field and track, in time for night games this season.
Pinkerton was the only Division I Class L school without lights on its main football field/track area. The lighting will be introduced for the first home football game of the 2013-2014 season on Sept. 13 against Manchester Central High School.
Senior Ben Allen of Derry is part of a trio of drum majors, which also includes seniors Katie Whitney and Ryan Lopresti. They all said they look forward to marching in the limelight.
“We’ve done it before, but never at home,” Allen said. “Everyone is loving the concept of night games.”
Until now, Pinkerton played its home football games on Saturday afternoons.
Being with friends is always at the top of the list of reasons to like band camp.