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Gettin’ Funky With It

By Harrison Snyder and Will O’Brien

“Boom! Bang! Rat-at-at!”

The sounds of the Mighty Snider Panther Marching Band have once again begun to echo through the halls and hearts of Snider High School.

The Mighty Snider Panther Marching Band is no stranger to this start of the season circus, already having their first show on September 8th. Spirits seem high, as the band is currently ahead of schedule.

All three movements of this year’s show ( Aptly titled “Gettin’ Funky With It” ) are ready to perform. The music features “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green, “Pick Up the Pieces” by Average White Band, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.

This “funky soundtrack will keep us with it,” senior tuba player, Jennifer Cruz, said.

The marching band season is stepping off on the left foot.

Owen Counterman, a sophomore on snare drum, believes that the band has an 80 percent chance at making it to the state finals this year.

Counterman said, “this year’s band has a lot of potential” if they “put their minds to it.”

Henri Oo, a junior and a trombone soloist in the second movement, thinks the odds of going all the way are “pretty good.”

These high spirits, combined with the strong student leadership found in the three drum majors, seniors Alex Moss and Emily Stetka and junior Dakoda Seibert, promises a good year.

The camaraderie within the band is stronger than ever.

Hunter Sosenheimer, a senior bass drum player, said “the people are amazing.”

In addition to the camaraderie, spirits are high among the band members.

Junior quad player, Austin Dayler, is relieved that his quads “aren’t heavy anymore.”

Tuba player, Raymond Wolf, also spoke of the weight of his “85 pound tuba,” explaining that it weighs only about “nine decently sized babies.”

Adding to the high spirits, the Mighty Snider Panther Marching Band welcomed its first female center snare this year. Xarai Courter is a junior and believes she is an inspiration to women everywhere.

As far as the reception of the band show, it has been “good” according to senior, and former band member, Jaxson Kidd.

Kidd went on to describe the drum break as “actually…sick.”

Other students, like Sara Fortriede, have given the show a “thumbs up.”

From the sounds of things, the halftime shows this football season will be off the charts, and the Mighty Snider Panther Marching Band will have just as stellar of a competition season.

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