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August 22, 2012

Marching Lancers tune up for new year

Lancers march into new year

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The week of band camp has paid off for the musicians and color guards involved with the Lancers.

“Practice is going well so far, we received the music earlier than we did last year, so we are a bit ahead of schedule,” said Sabrina Wallace, a senior snare drum player.

Teamwork and unity have been big themes this year. With more than 300 students all moving in a synchronized formation, timing and teamwork can be hard to achieve, Soucy said.

“This is the only department in the school district that expects the freshmen to know everything the seniors know,” Soucy said.

Senior Evan Kerns, one of 18 sousaphone players, said he will miss the band and the music once he graduates.

A sousaphone veteran who has played for four years, Kerns said at first lugging a brass behemoth around was tough, but now it he barely notices the weight of the instrument.

The marching band and color guard performed their first show of the year last week for Old Home Day. Additionally, Yamaha representatives visited to hand out shirts and meet some of the students. Yamaha was present because the drumline’s new instruments were purchased through the company.

For more information about the Lancers, including their upcoming schedule, visit lancermusic.org.

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