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HHS Marching Band gets tips from professionals

Among the various parts of the workshop were exercises promoting good posture and presence. Star Gazette photos by Noura Elmanssy1 / 2
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The Hastings High School marching band experienced some pro tips from a marching clinic led by members of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa, on Friday.

The corps, which stayed at the high school before their show at TCF Stadium, gave the HHS band an hour and a half of exclusive advice on performance, posture and excellence.

Five visual staff members were involved, including Jordan Lalama, the visual head, his assistant and three techs.

“When an opportunity like this falls in your lap, you can’t pass it up,” HHS marching band director Emily Chandler said. “Having the students just learn from the best in the craft is really, really exciting.”

Chandler said that one of the major learning points was “excellence in everything you do,” from the way one carries themselves and respectful behavior to the way one sets down their instrument.

“They (students) responded to everything that was taught to them,” Chandler said.

With the workshop still fresh in the student’s minds, Chandler said that the timing is great because band camp begins on Saturday, July 23.

The five-day camp will feature daily practice from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in preparation for competition season where the students will learn formations and field shows.

Chandler said the students will take what they learned and get the chance to apply it.