AHS band prepares for competition, public invited to Saturday show|
|The Antigo High School Marching Red Robins will “Go West,” as it begins its competitive season this weekend. |
On Saturday, the band will present a marching performance for the community and parents beginning at 5 p.m. Members of the Middle School Band will also perform. Seniors will be recognized and there will be dinner served after the performance.
On Sunday, the band travels east to the Green Bay area to participate in the Phantom Marching Invitational at West DePere High School. The competition begins at 3 p.m. The Marching Red Robins perform at 3:15 p.m.
The show is about America’s westward expansion in the 1800’s. Presidents Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and John Tyler, like many Americans of the time, embraced the notion of enlarging the “Empire of Liberty.” In other words, they wanted to expand the boarders of America westward. The band’s show is based on the famous Horace Greely quote “Go West, Young Man, Go West” and it follows the story of a girl whose family is making the long journey to the western frontier.
“This by far is the most ambitious production we have done,” Director Jeff Dewey said. “Music and movement is much more complex than previous years. We have also included voice overs that help tell the story of the show.”
Featuring the music of Aaron Copland, the show opens with “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Symphony No. 3.” A peaceful night on the frontier is accompanied by “The Promise of Living” with the final push westward portrayed through “The Red Pony.”
Future competitions include:
—D.C. Everest Music in Motion, Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m.
—Merrill Marching Invitational, Oct. 6, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
—Music Along the Chippewa, Oct. 12 beginning at 7 p.m.
—River Falls Marching Invitational, Oct. 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
—and the State Marching Band Championships, Oct. 19, performance at 4:15 p.m.
The Antigo High School Marching Red Robins posed at the 2012 state competition.
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