NSU band prepares for homecoming week
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NSU band prepares for homecoming week

Published 9/26/17

Valeriia Efimenko

TNE Writer                   

Homecoming week is the biggest week of the year. Energy runs high this week as the band prepares to showcase its talents at various homecoming activities. Two different bands are typically involved in homecoming week: the marching band and the wind ensemble. The marching band will march in the parade on Saturday morning and then at the tailgate. Also, on Friday night, the wind ensemble will perform a concert at the Center of Performing Arts.

“It will be a really great concert with a lot of classical music by Tchaikovsky, Chervinsky and other composers,” said James Adams, associate professor, and director of bands. “Hopefully many people will come out to that.”   

For the wind ensemble, Adams decides what the band will perform with input from students. For the marching band he has three drum majors that help him choose music and what they perform for the parades and stands.

“We are going to do something special for the parade,” said Alexandra Goldsmith, color guard freshman from Collinsville. “We are adding a lot of new stuff to what we did last time. We are putting up a new song. It should be really good. It is something to look forward.”

As a freshman at NSU, it is a big difference for Goldsmith to perform for a crowd so large in comparison to her previous experience performing in high school.

“People have a lot higher expectations, and it puts on a lot more pressure,” said Goldsmith. “From marching in high school to here, the intensity has gotten up at least 50 percent. We pick up a lot of hard pieces of music to play. It is really intense.”

The wind ensemble consists of about 40 students, and the marching band has 65 whom play instruments such as flute and oboe, clarinet, based clarinet, bassoon, all the saxophone family, trumpets, tuba and percussion.

“The band has grown by about 11 people on the marching band this year,” said Adams. “We are more organized. We are doing two feature shows right now, a 90’s pop show and our second show is the movie show with the themes from Star Trek, Moana and Avatar which will be after homecoming in October.”

Homecoming week is a big week for school and the bands, and they spend a lot of time preparing before the actual performance.

“For homecoming week we do a lot of practicing with our shows,” said Brady Hacker Sapulpa junior who plays bass trombone. “We want to have most of our show on the field because a lot of people show up there and we want to look good for those people. We want the crowd to have a lot of fun while we are playing, that is what we are there for. Homecoming is a big week. The atmosphere around it is incredible. Everybody is so pumped up, but I am always excited to play no matter what day it is.”

The marching band is marching in the homecoming parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 before the home football game. The performance will continue at the tailgate.

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