By Sam Jack
The return of fall sports also means the start of marching band season. The Campus High School Marching Band – 152 musicians strong – opens its season during halftime of the Colts football home opener, Friday versus Ark City.
Unlike many high school marching bands, the Campus band performs a different halftime show for every home game. The group prepared with an intensive band camp, held July 31 through Aug. 4.
“It’s kind of overwhelming for the freshmen, at first, so we encourage them to get the marching parts down first, then add in playing,” said band director Becky Hughes. “They usually catch on fairly quickly. I think the kids learn a lot of teamwork, working together to fix charts and help each other.”
Drum majors – on-field conductors – provide student leadership for the marching band. This year’s senior drum major is Diego Griffin; Payne Wiseman and Amaya Molinar are assistant drum majors.
This Friday, the marching band will play selections by the Beach Boys, in a program that will feature the percussion section.
On Friday, Sept. 8, when the Colts host Valley Center, the eighth-graders will join the high-schoolers for a combined show. Later in the season, the band will march to music from the Disney film “Moana.”
On Sept. 11, the marching band travels to Hutchinson for the Kansas State Fair parade, and on Saturday, Oct. 21, it will appear in the Haysville Fall Festival parade. Other appearances will include a performance at Eisenhower National Airport to greet returning veterans on a Kansas Honor Flight; and a performance during Haysville’s Veterans Day commemoration Nov. 11.