Marching to the beat of their own drums

11 area bands perform variety of shows at Reed City’s marching band festival

REED CITY – Area bands that performed at the marching band festival in Reed City on Wednesday did more than play a few songs. They put on a show. Eleven bands within the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s district No. 1 played at Reed City High School; the last time the school hosted a marching festival was 2004. “There’s a lot of energy and a lot of variety, which is great for all the spectators,” said RCHS band director John Szczerowski.
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It was important for his students to stay focused, Szczerowski said, even amid the commotion of hosting the festival. “The rating is irrelevant,” he said. “Execution is everything.” Each band was given 15 minutes to perform and exit the field. Three judges rated the groups on music, marching and general showmanship. Evart High School, a class D band under the direction of Diana Craven, put on a “funk” show. Class C Morley Stanwood High School, directed by Greg VanStrien, played a “Welcome to the Jungle”-themed set. The RCHS band, also class C, performed songs from the musical “Wicked.” Class B bands from Big Rapids High School – directed by Brian Balch – and Chippewa Hills High School – directed by Jodi Bloss-Ehnis – played “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Through the Decades” shows, respectively.