An Eventful October Brings City Marching Band Season to a Close

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Since before the start of the school year, the City High Little Hawk Marching Band has been learning and developing their halftime show. The show, titled “Superheroes,” consists of four songs and over 40 sets.

The band was scheduled to take part in the “Muskie Marching Invitational,” in Muscatine, Iowa on October 12. Due to some confusion, however, the band was unable to officially compete in the competition. Nonetheless, everyone boarded the buses and made the hour-long trip to Muscatine. They were able to participate in the competition as an exhibition band, to receive a score but not a ranking against the other bands. They won a trophy for the best exhibition band and returned home past midnight.

The following Friday, the band headed downtown to march in the University of Iowa Homecoming Parade. As they marched through the heart of Iowa City, they played “Eye of the Tiger” and the City High fight song, “Study Little Hawk.” After the parade, band members ate dinner back at school then marched to the field to perform for halftime.

“I’m so impressed by our final halftime performance,” said head drum major Katherine Introna. “I think that everyone felt how special the night was, and wanted to put on a great show, especially because it was our first time showing the full show to our home audience. The finale of [the show] can be so powerful and they definitely brought the power.”

On Monday, October 21, band members performed in City High’s annual Bates Field Follies. First, the freshmen played their concert band program. Then the 10-12 grade band joined them in the playing of their pregame routine. The upperclassmen then performed their halftime show and pep band music, as well as showing a slideshow to honor senior band members and highlight moments from the marching season. Some sections showed their pride with accessories such as red and white bandanas or Santa hats. The trombones successfully did their suicide routine without incident during “We Got The Beat.” The night was concluded with a heartfelt performance of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

Last Friday, October 25, was the final performance of the 2019 marching band season. The band played their usual pregame routine to kick off the Battle of the Boot. Then, they quickly changed into their costumes and took the field for a special Halloween-themed halftime show. This performance included the songs “Seven Nation Army” and Michael Jackson’s 2008 hit, “Thriller,” embellished with spooky zombie walking towards the front of the field at the end. The show was once again closed with “Hey Jude,” along with singing and swaying to say goodbye to the season.