Note: This story has been updated. The times for public rehearsals have changed. A rehearsal will be open to the public on Monday at 7:30 p.m. All sections will play, leading to a final performance at 9:30 p.m.
The original story – with updated rehearsal times – continues:
The sound, the movements, the show, it will amaze everyone.
This is the prediction of Nick Williams, principal of the orchestras of Carterville High School, about a rehearsal he has scheduled this Monday of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps on the school football field.
The group is the top performer in the major league of walking shows, and Williams invites the audience to attend two rehearsals, one at 7:30 p.m. with all sections played, leading up to a final performance at 9:30 p.m.
Williams said he had seen the band perform elsewhere and knew he wanted to convince the young musicians to stop over in southern Illinois. The Boston Crusaders, made up of musicians between the ages of 16 and 22, are considered one of the best drum corps in the world.
Along with giving the community a really cool free show, Williams also hopes to encourage the students in her group as the school year approaches to challenge their skills and dare to be great, while simultaneously sending a message to the community. importance of music education.
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“This is an event that is not just a Carterville event. It’s a southern Illinois event, ”said Williams, who is entering his sophomore year of teaching music at Carterville; he was previously in the Murphysboro school system for seven years. “It involves all schools because it promotes music education in the region, and music education is important in schools. “
In the tough economic climate facing schools, music programs are often the first choice, he noted. “Doing events like this shows how important music is in schools and what kind of impact it has on students.”
But enough about politics: go out and let yourself be moved by the music.
“The circus is coming to town,” said Andy Waldukat, corps director of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
The group, which travels the country during competitive season, creates a sensation when it arrives in any city with its 150 member performers, 30 staff members and dozens of drums and brass. The caravan includes four buses, a large trailer with dormitories for the staff and three semi-trucks full of equipment.
The performance includes drums, brass (trumpets, mellophones, baritones and tubas) and a color guard. The association is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
What people who will come to see is “a high level of professional, athletic and artistic achievement” as members rehearse a performance of about 11 minutes, Waldukat said, adding that he hopes to inspire at least a few young people. students to audition in future years.
Lions Pride drums co-majors Rose Wright and Becca Davis, both 17, entering their senior year, are excited about the band coming to Carterville High School.
Wright, who plays auxiliary percussion in the marching band and oboe in harmony, considered music a true passion. Wright said she hopes to play in a college group after graduation while also earning a degree in elementary education. Wright said she expects music to always be a part of her life, no matter what career she chooses.
Davis said she hopes the students of the marching band who watch the show find out a few things they might want to try.
“It will be a great experience to see this level of walking,” she said. “They are more advanced.
Davis, a saxophonist, also hopes to perform at university, and her hope is to do so at the University of Illinois while earning an engineering degree.
“It’s really important,” she said of the group’s experience. “We get to know each other and take care of each other. “
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