The Saline High School Marching Band – 195-performers strong – made their Hornet Stadium debut Friday night in Saline’s 61-0 victory over Brantford Assumption.
This year’s program, which can be seen at halftime and directly after the game, is The Music of Queen.
“Because almost everyone loves the music of Queen,” said Nate Lampman, Director of Bands at Saline High School.
It was the second performance in two weeks for the band, which played at Wayne State University in the football team’s opening game.
Preparation for the season began in July with leadership training for the student leaders. Then there was a three-day pre-camp at Saline High School and a five-day camp at Spring Arbor University. After a few weeks off to start August, the student musicians were back on the field for rehearsals.
It’s that kind of preparation that leads to the marching band’s success.
“Our goal is to achieve all first-division (superior) ratings at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Festival,” Lampman said.
It’s a lofty goal – but it’s the expectation at Saline High School.
More than that, the band is a crucial element of the Friday night experience at Saline High School.
“Our goal on any given Friday night is to support our football team by helping to create a great Friday night lights experience for the crowd and players through our pre-game, halftime, and postg-ame performances,” Lampman said. “In the stands it is one of our goals to create a real home field advantage for our football team. We try to create as much loud positive energy in the north end-zone as we can. We love working with the cheerleaders, dance team, announcers and DJ to make that happen every home game.”
Senior Holden Collins returns for his second year as drum major. He’s joined this year by fellow drum major Sam Scarlett. Holden and Collins direct the show. They’re helped by section leaders, including Megan Bankowski and Grace Popa, piccolo; Elizabeth Solis and Elizabeth Johnson, clarinet; Ben Keith, alto sax; Aiden Hartman, tenor sax; Morgan Fancher and Nishan Bhattacharyya, trumpet; Allie Weaver, mellophone; Erik Firehammer, trombone; Alex Lindemann, baritone; Nathan Holloway, sousaphone; Noah Walters, drumline; Zoe Hajratwala, colorguard, and Avery St. Lawrence, majorettes.