Marching band takes to the field with ‘Waterways’

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Larry Turner
At the pre-game show during the Homecoming game on Oct. 4, sophomore Austin Keller and senior Thomas Diaz perform "Waterways."

Sounds of waves crashing and water flowing fill the stadium. This year, the 160-player band sprays the audience both visually and musically with their eight-minute, three-movement performance, “Waterways.”

Band director Chris Cansler said “Waterways” takes pieces from movies, varying types of water and different styles of playing the music with the visuals.

“We open up with our front percussion ensemble playing with saxophone solos,” Cansler said. “And in the background, we have a visual that kind of looks like waves coming into the beach.”

Cansler said students have improved after each halftime performance.

“Just the level they improved both musically and for the drill was very encouraging for the staff, so we’re ready to go,” he said.

Freshman Ali Dittoff says that there were a lot of things to improve from the first game.

“I had to figure out how to do easier transitions with my feet to make it smoother,” Dittoff says.

Dittoff said that the transition into marching band has been very demanding.

“It’s hard keeping up doing everything simultaneously, but you get used to it.”

Drum major Mikaela Pyle said the theme is simple but has some harder things to show.

“As a theme, it’s easy to grasp because it’s just about water and how water moves,” Pyle said. “It’s more challenging to express it on the field, though.”

The color guard focuses on the visuals, which Pyle said helps with the general effect.

“They use flags and silks to show what the band is playing, like visualizing the water moving, how the music grows and the big impact with the transition between pieces,” she said.

Madeleine Mireles said the band performed at a recent marching contest at Northwest ISD Stadium.

“We go to a field and we march the show you would see during halftime at football games, where judges judge us on how well we preform it,” Mireles said.

Cansler thinks the group is going great and will make a good product for the students, parents and fans.

“Every year, the group seems to be doing better and better,” he said. “We have a good show, some good drills.”

KRISTOPHER ECKSTORM is a sophomore at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle's “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.

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