LONDONDERRY — Band camp is always a bonding experience for Londonderry High School's Marching Lancers, which has 88 new members this year.
There are section practices for the drum, sousaphone, different horns and piccolo sections. There are color guard moves to coordinate. New band members must learn to play and march at the same time. An end-of-the-week show puts it all together.
This year, the 328-member band and color guard learned a musical triad for the fall football halftime show.
The show begins with a classical piece, "New World Variations," segues into a jazz number, "Caravan" by Duke Ellington, and finishes with Hollywood's "Pirates of the Caribbean."
"We'll be playing 'New World Variations' by David Shaffer when we march in Pasadena," music director Andy Soucy said.
The Marching Lancers will be appearing for the fourth time in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.
This year's drum majors are senior Michelle Mayer and juniors Devereux Geiger and Helen Neiman. Color guard captains are seniors Katie Wiles and Bianca Milano.
— Suzanne Laurent