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Marching bands compete and support each other Submitted: 10/06/2013

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MERRILL - Sounds of dedication and motivation filled Merrill High School.

"We worked really hard since June and July. A lot of twelve hour days, five and a half hour days," said Antigo drum line section leader, Isaac Cuellar.

"We're just out in the hard sun learning drills, learning our music just doing a lot of reps over and over again."

All that repetition paid off at the Marching Band Competition in Merrill.

Eight teams performed on the football field Sunday afternoon.

"What the bands are getting judged on a series of different categories. There’s a visual execution or just the general effect of whether their show really speaks to the viewer." Merrill band director, Kevin Short said.

"That was like kind of a chaotic thing. It was supposed to be the spy’s running around the neighborhood type thing," said D.C. Everest trumpet player, Jared Bartnik.

"It was like creating kind of an awesome ghetto, not like weird, but fun thing to do. It was like a brawl kind of."

But not everyone was there to compete.

"We just did exhibition again just to kind of show off. Just like yesterday, we did it to have fun, show off our field show and have a blast." Bartnik stated.

Band director say the non-competitive energy rubbed off on everybody.

"It’s way more than just about the band directors. It’s actually not very much about the band directors at all to be honest," Short said.

"It’s about the kids. It’s about the herd of parents that we have here today to make all this happen."

"There’s like no enemies here. It’s all friendly competition," said Bartnik.

"We’re all cheering for each other. We’re all hoping each other to do the best we can. We’re just rooting for each other."

And that’s the product of hard work and team work.


Story By: Shardaa Gray
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