FALL SPORTS PREVIEW: Marching Mountaineers
LEDGER – Seniors are something the Marching Mountaineers are without this season, but that does not mean the group is not loaded with experience.
Third-year band director Matthew Sanders lost three flutes, three clarinets, a trumpet and a percussionist when this past year’s eight seniors graduated.
“We have a new flute, new clarinet, new trumpet, two new baritones, maybe two new tubas and a new percussionist,” Sanders said. “So, we were basically able to replace all that we lost.”
This year’s band has 26 members, but Sanders said the marching band is expected to grow over the next few years – there are currently 60 sixth-graders in the middle school band.
“It’s the most we have ever had in one grade,” Sanders said. “With no seniors and 25 eighth-graders, we’re just going to get bigger and bigger.”
Sanders said he expects this year’s co-drum majors, Kyndal Ringwood and Preston Burleson, to be his leaders on the field. Emma Carpenter is this year’s color guard captain, and junior tuba player Tyler Brooks is brass captain. Junior percussionist Koby Buchanan will serve as percussion captain.
“This year’s show is the songs of Journey,” Sanders said. “The kids are really having fun with it, and I think the crowd will really like it, too.”