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Excitement on the horizon for South Tama marching band

August 7, 2017
By Allison Graham - The News-Herald ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"Oompa Loompa doompadee doo" are quite possibly the most recognizable lyrics from a song in the Broadway smash Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This year football fans will be treated to a halftime show from this famous movie and Broadway Show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This show will have special meaning to the students participating in the band program as it is the show they attended on their New York City band trip earlier this summer.

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STC band students Kayleigh Benda, Alexes Baez (standing), Jordan Van Dee (sitting), Alex Campbell, and Rosemary Acevedo work diligently in the new band room to prepare for the start of marching band season.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

According to STC Band Director Mike Carnahan, the kids that attended the trip really enjoyed the Broadway musical performance. While the Broadway adaptation of the story is less than a year old, the story has been around for some time.

It was made into a movie in 1971 called Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory based on a British novel by Roald Dahl from 1964. It was later re-adapted by Tim Burton in 2005 as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.

STC senior Rosie Acevedo was one of the students on the band trip. "(The show) was hilarious. It seemed a little more grim than I thought it would be but it was pretty great," said Acevedo.

Fact Box

Band Camp


Aug. 7 - 11

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (woodwinds and pit percussion)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (all brass and marching drum line)

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - sectionals for those who want extra practice time

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (entire band)

Aug/ 14 and 15

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (entire band)

Songs that will be included in the show are: "I Got a Golden Ticket", "I Want it Now", "Candyman", "Oompa Loompa Song" and "Pure Imagination".

The STC Marching Band will begin learning the show at their annual marching band camp. The band will hold their camp August 7-11 and August 14 and 15. Carnahan is trying a different format this year for the camp by splitting the days up in sections.

"I was feeling like I needed to do something different," said Carnahan. He felt as if doing camp all day long for an entire week in the heat of the day may be burning kids out a bit.

This year the marching band will be led by two new drum majors, Steph Slaven and Rosie Acevedo. The band will be debuting not only a new show this fall but new uniforms at some point in the season as well.

Another change for the band program will be beginning the year fresh in their new band room. The band room was part of the new edition at the STC High School.

"I'm looking forward to all the new things in our school and district. I think it's an exciting change," said Carnahan.

Acevedo has been busy helping to get the new band room ready to go for the start of school. "I'm looking forward to all of the new improvements with this change that is happening (referring to the new band uniforms and band room)," said Acevedo. "I feel like (the new room) will motivate most of us to try harder this year because it's like a little mini-restart. This way we can try and set a new name along with our new uniforms, our new people, everything. It's really motivating because this is a big opportunity to make a big change and it will be more noticeable as long as we put some dedication into it. I feel with this new room it gives me a new feeling because it's nice to have a little bit of change every now and then and I like it a lot."

She is looking forward to being able to share South Tama's interpretation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this fall. "(Seeing the show) has helped because we've seen the movie with Johnny Depp and we've seen the original movie and now we've seen the Broadway. So we get to put all these different viewpoints together into a new show," said Acevedo.



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