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Hastings band making progress as season approaches

Hastings band director Spencer White said he is proud of the hard work band students put in during camp

Hunter Dood

Staff Writer

The Hastings High School Marching Band completed band camp last week at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center.

The band practiced its 20019 program, “One Small Step,” which brings together music and sound clips to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, band director Spencer White said.

“The band worked very hard all week, and we are excited to see the season progress,” he said.

This year marks the highest enrollment in the band in more than 35 years, with a total of 145 members.

“I spoke with Mr. [Joe] LaJoye, and he said his membership peaked at 140 in the mid-2000s.”

Drum majors are Grace Green, Connor Frank, Madison McMasters and Zach Franklin.

The band’s program begins with “Star Trek into Darkness” and features a trumpet solo and a NASA Countdown to launch.

Part two of the program features “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden and “Mars” by Gustav Holst. The band then loses signal and finds its collective self drifting among the stars, leading into the next segment. During part three, the band plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and “Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger” by Daft Punk.

The program closes with “Rocket Man” by Elton John.

“We are utilizing many sound effects, as well as John F. Kennedy quotes from his famous moon speech,” White said, adding that he is proud of the students for all of their hard work.

“They are the definition of Saxon Pride,” White said.

The band’s first performance will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Business, Industry and Education Luncheon, followed by the Summerfest Parade Saturday, Aug. 24.

The rest of the schedule includes:

Aug. 29 –home football game.

Sept. 12 – United Way Kick-Off celebration.

Sept. 13 – home football game.

Sept. 21 – Rockford invitational.

Sept. 28 – Otsego invitational.

Oct. 4 – home football game.

Oct. 5 – Hastings Marching Band Invitational.

Oct. 8 – MSBOA festival, East Kentwood.

Oct. 12 – Grandville competition.

Oct. 13 – fall concert.

Oct. 18 – home football game (homecoming).

Oct. 25 – home football game.

Dec. 7 – Christmas parade.

Dec. 8 – Collage concert.

Dec. 12 – Jazzy Christmas concert.

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