By: seniors Nikki McClean & Alexis Manning
“Drum Majors, is your band ready?” Catherine Argo and Emma Weirenga led their band to victory on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2015 as the marching band debuted the latest installment of their show “What If?”. Seeing that the band recently added new drill to their show, the stress levels were high as they took the field in competition. Senior color guard member and co-captain, Emily Ferguson revealed, “I was really nervous going into the show. We had just learned the “Quirky” section that morning,”. Standing at warm-ups, the band knew they were about to present a whole new kind of show. When Catherine called the band to attention, their eyes showed pride and their hearts were on fire. Those symbols of marching band were presented as they showed packed bleachers what the Eureka Marching Hornets were all about.
About performing the latest addition to the show, Emily Ferguson mentioned, “The crowd appeal was off the charts! I don’t think I have heard a better reaction in my years in the band than what we heard Saturday. The band’s dance battle was a huge hit,” What dance battle, might you ask? The one where the band rocks the sprinkler and crushes the whip and nae nae. The crowd went wild! Roars overtook the stadium and elation fell across all of the band after they competed in their dance off.
Everything paid off as the band claimed almost every award in their class. Best Auxiliary (Color Guard), Best Winds, First Place in 2A, and Overall Champion in classes 1A and 2A. These trophies rode home alongside the overjoyed band members, who all held smiles on their faces from a job well done. The Color Guard got 2nd Best of all classes, just one point behind the champion. With what they’ve accomplished this season, it’s clear that the only direction this band is heading is up. Come watch them perform Sept. 25 at halftime of the varsity football game or the following day as they compete in the Normal West Marching Band Invitational.