Neighbors across Cape St. Claire know that a loud ticking outdoors, repeating again and again all day long, can only mean one thing – marching band practice has begun. The Broadneck High School Marching Bruins began their summer band camp this week, learning and reviewing marching fundamentals as well as playing their new show music together for the first time.
Though band members have been meeting periodically to learn music throughout the summer, this week marks the first time that everyone begins the show in earnest.
Under the direction of band director Matt Heist and a team of experienced musicians including music teachers in the area and alumni, students are already learning their drill for this year’s show titled “Legends of the East.” Focusing on Genghis Khan and his barbarian armies, the show is the telling of an epic battle and the rebuilding of a fallen empire in the mystical world of the Mongol Empire.
"Even though it has been tough work, Band Camp is fun,” said tuba player Matt Burns. “I am beginning to see how our hard work will pay off to make a great show."
Drum majors announced this week are seniors Evan Flack and Joey Voight.
The Marching Bruins will perform their show at half-time in all of the upcoming Broadneck High football games, and hope to continue their impressive history in marching competitions throughout Maryland this fall as well. Their own tournament, titled Bands by the Bay, will be held at the high school on Saturday, October 12th. You can also see them at the annual homecoming parade through the streets of Cape St. Claire on Oct. 19th.
“I think so far we have been doing great, building initiative and motivation,” said Color Guard member Jessica Dunkley. “While camp can be stressful, I've always thought that the team made the best out of it.”
Student Sara Penn agreed. “It’s hard at first but if you keep pushing yourself, it will definitely be worth it later in the season,” she said.
For more information on the music department of Broadneck High School, go to www.bhsmusic.org.