Marching band working on Copland's hits|
|The Antigo High School Marching Red Robins are inviting spectators to “Go West” with the music of Aaron Copland this fall.|
The band, which just wrapped up a week-long marching camp, previewed its new show for family and friends Friday evening at Listle Field.
Band Director Jeff Dewey introduced his staff, and stressed that the “Go West” show is the most complex the Robins have debuted since the competitive marching program was initiated.
“President Andrew Jackson, James Polk and John Tyler, like many Americans of this time, embraced the notion of enlarging the ‘empire for liberty’,” Dewey said. “In other words, they wanted to expand the borders of America westward. The courageous pioneers helped form our great nation into what it is today.”
Dewey explained that, through the use of music, narrative and props, the show follows a teenage girl and her family as they make the long and difficult journey westward.
The show opens with Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man/Symphony No. 3” and continues with “The Promise of Living.”
It closes with “Red Pony.”
Friday’s program was admitted a work in progress, but the band will be putting on their uniforms for real in just a few weeks, performing in the Athens parade on Aug. 18 and the Crandon parade on Aug. 30.
There will be a special exhibition performance at the Antigo Fly-In on Sept. 21 followed by the Red Robin Marching Invitational on Sept. 28.
The Robins will perform as part of the Phantom Marching Invitational on Sept. 29 in West DePere and at Music in Motion at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield on Oct. 5.
The season continues on Oct. 6 at the Merrill Marching Invitational at Bluejay Stadium and then at Music Along the Chippewa on Oct. 12 at Chippewa High School followed by a new performance date at River Falls on Oct.13.
The climax will be the state marching band championships on Oct. 19 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The Red Robin drum line performed as part of “Go West” Friday evening.
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