Band Ends With a Bang

Sharon Jegadish

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Dunlap High School’s band ended their season on a history making note when they qualified for Illinois State finals this year.

 

DHS’s band qualified for the night finals at Illinois State University for the first time in the school’s history, and were one of only 15 bands to qualify.

 

Band has accomplished many achievements throughout the year. They placed at every competition, won numerous best color guard and best percussion awards, won first place at the Morton Invitational, and placed 15th overall at finals.

 

The theme for this year’s performances was “Turn,” which consisted of the songs: “Summertime” as the introduction and “Carol of the Bells” in the winter movement.

 

A senior member, Sophie Kennedy, says, “I was a little skeptical at first, but having a show that was more abstract was different and gave us the freedom to be creative with our choreography and style.”

 

Dunlap’s band director, Jason Shea, says that they approach preparation from “a standpoint of what we can control.” The band directors try to construct a show that will maximize success from a design standpoint, and refine their skills during the concert band season.

 

Many band performances were hindered by the weather. Jill Shea, another band director, said two of their competitions and multiple rehearsals were rained out.

 

“We are really competing against ourselves,” says Mr. Shea, “We are always working to be the best we can be.”

 

Kennedy believes that their hard work, drive and the motivation of the instructors allowed them to succeed.

 

“They’ve taught us to strive for our absolute best, to never settle,” says Kennedy.

 

Mrs. Shea said there were times when they thought things could have gone better, but that made the students and directors work harder for the next time.  

 

Previous shows the band has performed included “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cirque Noir”, which had evident themes and stories.

 

Around 110 students participated in varsity marching band and another 50 students in the cadet marching band.

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