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STCHS Band prepares trip through the decades

August 20, 2019
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

There will be something for everyone in the South Tama County Marching Band Show this fall. The show is called "Decades" and features songs from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.

Four songs will make up the show including The Animal's "House of the Rising Sun", Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Journey's "Open Arms," and NSYNC's "Bye, Bye, Bye."

The STC Marching band was hard at work last week at their annual band camp. They spent the week practicing the music and learning drill for the show.

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The STC Marching Band was at work last week preparing their fall show “Decades.” The band was going over drills on Tuesday morning at camp. Chronicle /Allison Graham

Prior to band camp the marching team has put in a lot of work throughout the summer in preparation for the season. They held Tuesday night rehearsals throughout June and July, and the leadership team attended a leadership day in Mount Vernon. The leadership team is made up of two drum majors, Katherin Kofstad and Jojo Tyynismaa, three captains, Hannah Novotny, Madison McDaniel and Grayce Spinler, nine section leaders, two equipment managers and two librarians. Kofstad and Tyynismaa also attended a drum major camp this summer to perfect their skills. There was also a pre-band camp where students were able to refresh on marching basics.

"This season I am very excited for because it's music that everyone knows and everyone is super hyped up about it. I have some really good feelings about this season," said Kofstad.

Inspiration for the show came from some gentle nudging by members of the band after seeing the movie title "Bohemian Rhapsody." Bohemian Rhapsody chronicled the life of Queen's front man, Freddie Mercury, the band's rise to fame, Mercury's struggles with fame and relationships that led to the bands hiatus and Queen's resurgence at the World Aid Concert in 1985. The movie starring Rami Maylek, released in 2018, introducing an entire new generation to the likes of Queen. Maylek won an Oscar for his role.

"I loved that movie because it was a story that is pretty similar to our band. They (Queen) started from the bottom and the kept going no matter how many times people told them no or that they were never going to make it or that they weren't good enough. It really fits in with our band because we've gotten 3's at competition and that really took a tole on us but I feel like this year we have a spark that we could improve which would make everyone happy," said Kofstad.

Kofstad is most looking forward to the marching band's competition season because they are able to spend a lot of time bonding during those days.

"The competitions are where all of my memories are. It's that sense of team bonding like before a game, or meet or scrimmage. It's getting that team together and saying all right we've got this. It's knowing that we've got each other's back just like in any other sport. We are just like any other sport. After we compete we all sit together, watch other shows, root them on and admire other bands. We have a lot of good conversations and make a lot of memories," said Kofstad.

The STC High School Bands are directed by Mike Carnahan. According to Carnahan if all the students who said they were going to go out for band, go out they will have 80 members.

For junior Madison McDaniel, her focus is on welcoming new members to the band including the freshmen.

"I'm most looking forward to having more friends. I want the freshmen and new members to feel welcomed and having them feel like they belong here," said McDaniel.

To help the freshmen feel more at ease at camp the band did dress up days including hat day, jersey day and more.

McDaniel is also really looking forward to this year's music. Her favorite song in the show is Bohemian Rhapsody.

"I'm most looking forward to see how much we can accomplish, seeing everyone improve and really spending time with the band. We have a bigger band than we did last year. I'm excited to see everyone and see how well we get along," said McDaniel.

The message Carnahan is looking to send to his band is the only band they intend to beat are themselves. His goal is that they are a better band tomorrow than they were yesterday.

The STC Marching Band will be participating in four competitions this fall including: Pella Invitational on Sept. 28, the Seasons Invite on Oct. 5, State Festival on Oct. 12 and the Waukee Invitational on Oct. 19. They will also be performing at each home football game which include dates of Sept. 6, 13 and 27 (Homecoming) and Oct. 4 and 18. You can support the annual Music Boosters BBQ which will be on Friday, Sept. 6 at the STC High School.



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