The members of the Clinton High School Marching Band are ready for the competition season to begin. With one football game performance behind them, they continue to prepare for the four upcoming Saturday competitions.
Band director Mark Cashin said he is excited about this year’s program entitled “Journey of a Lifetime.”
The program is original to Clinton High as Cashin, Austin Greene, and Mark Beamish developed the music and Drew Zellmer crafted the choreography.
“The program examines four stages of a lifetime,” explained the band director. “We begin with childhood and move to falling in love, then to adulthood and end with reflection.The band is excited about the show.”
Senior band member Isaac Cousar remarked, “We have put in a lot of work already and I feel it is going to be a great year. It will definitely be a fun one.”
“I am excited about directing the band along with Cathy Gutierrez this season. It is going to be a great year,” expressed co-drum major Kevin Byrd.
First year band member and junior student Tyler Marshburn commented saying, “My first year in marching band has already a remarkable experience.”
Several band members shared in Marshburn’s enthusiasm.
Elizabeth Boyette stated, “The entire band has worked so hard and it will pay off as the season progresses.”
Drum line member Leah Cashwell expressed her feelings by saying, “Everyone has put in a lot of hard work and it will pay off. And our drum line is awesome.”
The band’s schedule for the 2012 season begins on Saturday, Sept. 29 as they travel to Scotland High School in Laurinburg. They follow up the next week hosting the 20th Annual Clinton Band Day. Saturday, Oct. 13 the band will perform at the Clinton Street Fair before traveling to Hope Mills for the Southview High School Band competition. Cape Fear High School will be the next competition on Saturday, Oct. 20. Clinton’s competition season will conclude with a trip to Union Pines.
Cashin said this year’s marching band is comprised of 64 band members, 10 color guard members, 15 percussion and 38 winds.
Joan Tsao, with the Clinton High School Band Boosters, stated that all these competitions and activities performed by the band do come at a high cost. For that reason, the band boosters and the director have decided to bring back selling ads for the band trailers and the Clinton Band Day program.
“It has been a number of years since we did this,” expressed Tsao. “We have already started selling ads for both the trailers and the band day program. There will also be a Golf Ball Drop on Friday, Oct. 26, the night of the homecoming game. Hopefully these activities will help us with most needed funds to help make our program the best it can be,” remarked Tsao.
The deadline for getting ads on the sides of the band trailers and for the band day program is Saturday, Sept. 15. To participate in the fundraising programs, prices range from a $150 donation up to a $400 donation if advertisers wish to bundle their packages. A la carte donations will also be gladly accepted. The donations also include sponsorship of band day trophies. All checks should be made payable to Clinton High Band Boosters, and can be mailed to 340 Indian Town Road, Clinton, NC 28328. For any questions regarding donations or the fund raisers email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Golf Ball Drop is a new event this year and people interested in taking a chance on winning $1,000 may purchase a golf ball for $10 with their name written on the ball. During the homecoming game on Oct. 26, the golf balls will be dropped from a high distance and the ball that comes closest to the target will be the winner,” explained Tsao.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s Clinton Band Day. Ours is one of the longest running events in the area. This year we will be celebrating 20 years in hosting the Clinton Band Day and continue the great tradition started by former band director Ed Taylor that runs through the band to this day,” said Cashin.