The Marching Eagles have been hard at work this year developing a great show that got them to semi-state.
Perfecting a performance comes with an abundance of hard work, dedication and perseverance, but in the end it paid off for the Eagles. The theme for this year’s Zionsville Community High School marching band show was The Sorcerer and the Swan.
“In the beginning, the sorcerer had taken the color guard and turned them into swans,” said Jacey King, a senior and trumpet player in the band. “The sorcerer then takes over the whole band and puts a spell on them. At the end, the sorcerer dies, and all the swans turn back into humans.”
This unique presentation of a timeless classic earned them a spot in semi-state competition Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pike High School.
“I was excited that we made semis considering last year we didn’t make it past regionals,” said Abby Pierce, a senior and member of the color guard.
The color guard member wasn’t the only one excited about making it to semi-state.
“It was a relief for me, and I think the whole band too,” King said. “Since last year we didn’t make it to semi-state, it was nice to have another week.”
According to Pierce, the band and color guard practiced every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They also practiced Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Practice went on even in undesirable weather conditions, she said. While most students were relaxing over fall break, the band and color guard were still hard at work. Their practices could go on for as long as five hours leading up to semi-state. This heavy schedule was tough, Pierce said, but necessary to perfect the routine and give a jaw-dropping performance.