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HHS marching band to feature Frankenstein

The Hastings High School marching band will perform a preview show Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Todd Field. Submitted photo

There's a monster coming to town next month. That is, in the new Hastings High School marching band production. The preview show will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Todd Field and it will feature this year's theme: Frankenstein.

Each year, the marching band has a different theme or story that they portray. Emily Chandler, director of the HHS marching band, said that it is like a theater production on a football field for about six and a half minutes. After selecting the music, the theme Frankenstein was chosen pretty easily.

"(The music is) dark and we chose to kind of tell a very loose adaptation of Frankenstein," Chandler said.

The show will consist of four movements in the show. The first will be creation or when Frankenstein is born. Next will be emotion which is when Frankenstein discovers his humanity, followed by rejection when he tries to fit in but doesn't. Finally, destruction is when he goes on to destroy everything, but he is placed back in his box.

So far, the marching band has been practicing in different groups so they have not had much practice rehearsing as a whole. Chandler said that the preview show is a great way to kick of the season.

"It gives the kids a chance to get some of their nerves out with the first performance," Chandler said.

Micah Walt, senior drum major, said that he is looking forward to the season. During his freshman year on the team, the band won state championship. He said that he is happy that he began marching band with such a great show and he thinks that this year's show will be great as well.

"The music is just so powerful and in your face at times and it just gives you goosebumps," Walt said.

Walt said that the music is strong, but the energy from the rest of the players and members of the band are what make it so great. The energy and passion they put into it makes the show awesome, he said.

Klarissa Schuberg, a sophomore clarinet player, said that she is excited about this year's theme too. The music is a little dark, she said, and it is challenging.

"There is a lot of purposeful sounds like crashes and stuff that really gives us an edge and it's a lot of fun to portray this," Schuberg said.

The band's season will kick off with the preview show Sept. 6. The group is scheduled to participate in six competitions with state finals to be at U.S. Bank Stadium in October.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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