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Marching to a Finish


Marching to a Finish

Olivia DeCrane

Marching band is the biggest extracurricular group, and yet perhaps the most overlooked.

There are over 100 people participating in marching band, making Harrison’s marching band one 

of the biggest in the area. 

Marching band is seen and heard at every home football game. The group might even be a 

better student section than Harrison’s student section itself, since the members always participate in 

the cheers. 

Not only that, but they’ve also won distinguished awards. 

Recently, at contest in South Bend, Harrison’s marching band won gold with distinction. 

The award is well deserved. Marching band practices every night for hours, rain or shine. 

Marching band practice begins in the summer and ends in the middle of October. 

Players are expected to have their parts memorized by homecoming, which is typically at the 

end of September. 

In October, the band goes to Kings Island. 

They also have gone to Walt Disney World and Hawaii in the past. 

The two key parts of marching band consist of marching and playing, but it’s harder than one 

might think. 

The first thing one learns in marching band is the roll step. 

The words “heel, then toe,” ring in new marching band members ears for weeks. 

For some, the roll step is relatively simple to learn. 

Emma Snyder, a junior trumpet player, learned it in about a week. 

However, Grace Warble, a junior alto saxophone player, took two years to correctly learn the 

roll step. 

After spending so much time together, members of the band really get to know one another. 

“We’re all like one giant extended family, and the sections are little tiny families,” said Snyder. 

“The people that are in marching band are closer with one another, compared to the people 

that are just in band,” said Warble. 

“They’re not necessarily better players, though.” 

Both Snyder and Warble’s favorite part about marching band is all the great friendships they 

have made. 

“If it wasn’t for marching band, I definitely would have less friends,” said Warble. 

“I feel like marching band is a great way for incoming freshmen to make friends, since practice 

starts in the summer. You also can meet upperclassmen,” said Snyder.  

The worst part about marching band? 

“The uniforms,” Warble and Snyder said in unison.