One of my favorite things to do every year is the Autumn Glory Tournament of Bands.
I am always amazed at the variety of styles presented by different groups. Between the seven bands (including Southern hosts) competing this year, there was a vast array of music meant to appeal to all eardrums.
The point I’m trying to make is that whenever you have the chance to hear music from The Rolling Stones and Philip Glass on the same night, you should.
Anyway, as a former high school marching band member for four years, drumline instructor for four years in high school, and two-year music major (before dropping out, but digressing) , I thought it would be fun to mark the event and highlight the bands that came to perform.
The following items will be listed in the order they appear on the show.
I was happy to see the Northern Huskies Marching Band enter the field, and I am delighted to see how their program will develop into what should be a productive rebuild.
The Huskies were the first group to perform and they entertained fans with music from popular band Imagine Dragons. I was wondering if they were going to play âFrictionâ and piece together the trailer for Mission Impossible 6, but unfortunately they weren’t.
It’s also a reminder that it’s probably a good idea that I’m not in charge of designing the shows. I once had the idea of ââa Hans Zimmer show where you only play powerful chords for three hours. It would be called “Inception”.
Fort Hill’s ‘Joy’ show is a wellness show that also featured Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ (among other cheerful pieces of music).
The show also included sound clips of students in a high school group talking about the joys of returning to learning in person and no longer having to play instruments in a virtual setting. I enjoyed the “joy”.
I should also thank Fort Hill for winning the combined award for their performance in the field competition and in the parade. I’ve always liked the Marching Sentinels because their fight song is the same one used for my alma mater in high school.
Allegany’s show is called “Gravity” and features music by Philip Glass, who is one of my favorite composers.
I won’t even mince my words, this show ruled from start to finish. I’ve always said if you’re a high school public band and you’re going to do a crazy show, you better be awesome. The boy is awesome Allegany. I have nothing more to add.
I had a hot chocolate during the intermission. It was nice. Whoever made this hot chocolate gets at least five Trevor Points from me. These points are redeemable at all participating establishments (blackout dates apply).
Elkins performed âAn American Tribute,â which certainly made the crowd happy. You can never have too many tributes to America.
Fun fact: Back when I was parading in the Ripley High School group, we faced Elkins a few times. I have always liked their drum lines.
The BU group easily had my one favorite moment of the entire show.
During their show, aptly titled ‘Showstoppers’, there was an act where one of their drum majors stopped conducting, turned around on the stand and started to absolutely moan on a solo. trumpet. My man has chops!
There were also several times the band stopped and groove a bit while they were playing. Sometimes it’s good to have fun and remember that at the end of the day you are playing music. Rules of music.
The Petersburg show was called “British Invasion”, and that’s exactly what you think it is. The group performed music from the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Queen and others. No one will be upset to hear a songlist like this.
It cannot be overstated the quality of the work Jason Shaw and his team have done each year since their arrival. Even when COVID seemed to have taken a heavy toll on everyone’s numbers, the running rams still manage to impress time and time again.
Their 2021 production titled “4Ward” is yet another impressive work. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I highly recommend you attend the free community show at 7 p.m. on October 26 at the former grounds of Southern High School.
Sports writer Trevor King can be reached at 301-334-3963 or by email at tking @ therepublicannews.com