More than 80 middle school students got a taste of the fun and friendship, challenges and rewards that come with being in a high school marching band. Eighth-grade student-musicians from Campus and West middle schools got to spend an evening with the Cherry Creek High School Marching Band during the band’s annual Middle School Band Night on Sept. 26.
“We invite students from Campus and West to see what we’re all about,” said Sara Wynes, Associate Band Director at CCHS. “They learn that high school marching band is hard work and that the students are focused on playing and performing well, but they also see that it’s about having a ton of fun with friends and creating a lot of school spirit.”
The middle school students learned the basics of marching and maneuvering during an after-school rehearsal. They even executed part of the complicated CCHS drill on their own, earning cheers and high fives from the high school students.
The CCHS Band Parent Association then treated all the students to a delicious chili dinner, before they marched down to Stutler Bowl for the Creek varsity football game against Cherokee Trail. The eighth-graders played pep songs with the high school students in the stands during the game and watched the Marching Band perform its competition show at halftime.
“It was awesome, really exciting!” said West Middle School student Rebecca Ackley, who plays clarinet. “During dinner we got to hang out with the marching band and see how they bond. You get to have so much fun.”
“I thought it was a great learning experience, said Campus Middle School student Rumi Skudneski, who plays trombone.
“It was fun to meet new people,” said West Middle School student Zaria Stenger. “I was surprised at how energetic everyone was.”
“Marching Band is a great way to transition into high school,” said CCHS Band Director Tim Libby. “Band members have a huge group of friends – from freshmen to seniors – before school even starts. They also improve their musicianship, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and demonstrate that they can handle multiple challenges, which helps build their college resumes.”
Students do not need to play a musical instrument to be part of the CCHS Marching Band. They can be part of the Color Guard and learn to spin flags, rifles and sabers.
For more information about the Cherry Creek High School Marching Band, visit www.cchsbpa.org or contact Band Director Tim Libby at email@example.com.