Marching Through the Fall

Seth Dooley and Michael Tucker

The Central Marching Rebels started their marching season off with a bang, beginning with band camp in July. After a brutal week of standing out in the blazing hot sun, sweat rolling down our backs and faces and a long week of practices from 8:00-11:00, then 1:00-3:00, we were finally ready for the Farmington Invitational.

Upon arriving, we saw marching bands from all over the area warming up and preparing to perform. The Marching Rebels got first place in the 3A division at Farmington Invitational.

The next competition was Charleston. After a two hour drive to Charleston, the Central Marching Rebels were put in a class with Dexter and Pocahontas, Arkansas. After rigorous playing and a horrible waiting game at Charleston, we received third place in the Gold Division.

The next weekend was the Rebel Invitational. Held for 27 years in a row, marching bands from all over compete all day and into the night. Arriving at 8:00 a.m. we scrambled to set up to block off the streets, prepare the judging room, and set up the Hospitality Room. Shortly after, bands starting filling the parking lots, getting off the buses and greeting friends or stretching from the long ride. The Marching Rebels played first, signifying the start of the competition. After finishing their show, we rushed back to the band room to change back into our ‘civilian’ clothes. Manning the roundabout, marking hands, and escorting bands are only a few of the jobs that the band members did that day. Students and parents helped keep the festival running as smoothly as possible. Finally all the bands had left, and after receiving multiple compliments from band directors. We were able to leave for the day at 10:00 p.m.

The last competition of the marching season was on October 26th at St. Gen. Rehearsal for the trip was from 11 to 12 with the departure for St. Gen at 1:30, and arrival at 2:30. The time for Central’s performance was 4:15. Marching onto the field, Central ended the season with one of the best performances of the year. Scoring 68.66 and ranking 5th in their division, awards were a slight let down, but Mr. Glore assured everyone they had done fine and had made him proud. For everyone, that was better than a trophy.