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McKENZIE (July 20-24) — The McKenzie High School Marching Rebels spent last week at band camp preparing for the upcoming field show season, though it will be a very different fall for the band …
McKENZIE (July 20-24) — The McKenzie High School Marching Rebels spent last week at band camp preparing for the upcoming field show season, though it will be a very different fall for the band due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MHS Band Director Keith Breeden, like many other directors in the area, announced earlier this month his band would forego competition this year. Still, with every effort being made to have a football season, Breeden is preparing his band to give fun, crowd-pleasing audiences on Friday nights.
The 42-member band has prepared two shows, Motown hits and the music of Journey, and may work on a third consisting of modern pop hits. There will be almost no marching, but the color guard has a full routine. The percussion will utilize more electronics than usual.
Breeden told The Banner, “There will be less pressure, but we’ll still play well. It’s going to be a good experience for everyone. You can make a plus out of a minus most of the time if you try. I never thought that we would be dealing with something like this in today’s society... We’re all in it together. We’re learning together. We’re going to make mistakes together. That’s all of us.”
The Marching Rebels will perform at home games, but Breeden isn’t sure yet about away games.
Band members split up into their sections for the camp, utilizing different areas of the school in order to social distance.
One thing that didn’t change was Breeden bringing in a staff of former students to serve as instructors at the camp: Tremayne Johnson and Dylan Cary for percussion, Brian Finley and Annias Haney for woodwinds, Michael Keenan for trumpets, Michael Carter for low brass and Nina Phifer and Kyla Steele for color guard.