(09/28/2010)

Calhoun Middle-High School Marching Band (Kneeling L-R) Kameron
Karder, Daerra Stull, Shawna Falls, Cassidy Nicholson, Sammy
Jones, Ashley Richards; (Standing L-R) Gina Cano-Stump, Director,
Alec Crihfield, Jarrett Nicholas, Jon Collins, Dylan DeWeese,
Ali Gumbarevic, Danielle Richards, Cassie Lamont, Alayna
Butler, Chelsea Jones. Not pictured, Elle Webb, Danielle Kendall

The Calhoun Middle-High School Marching Band consists of 22 students, 16 instrument playing members, 1 field commander, 4 majorettes and 1 feature twirler.

The students are in grades 7-11 and have been rehearsing since August 2 when they completed 2 weeks of 8 hour daily rehearsals. Since the beginning of school on August 23 the band has rehearsed 2 hours, 3 days per week. The band is under the direction of Gina Cano-Stump and the majorettes and feature twirler are coached and choreographed by Patty Haught.

Majorettes (L-R) Sarah Lane, Sidney Hipp, Kenadee Taylor, Chasity
Schoolcraft and Maddie Munson. Not pictured, Coach, Patty Haught

This past Saturday, the band received 1st Place Band-Majorettes while participating in the the Molasses Festival Parade.

CMHS Marching Band will travel to the Raleigh County Marching Festival at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV Saturday, October 2nd.

The band will compete in Class A, 0-30 playing members, for ratings and awards placement. A total of 11 bands will be performing with up to 74 playing members.

After performing and competing in the competition the band will go out to dinner as a group in Beckley and then return to Woodrow Wilson High School to attend a concert given by "The President's Own" Marine Band, America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson.

Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as "The President's Own" since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band's primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Each fall, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band performs for nearly 100,000 people in communities across America on its annual concert tour.

The tour is a tradition initiated by 17th Director John Philip Sousa more than a century ago.

Today's Marine Band tours in the fall, and rarely leaves the Washington, DC, area at other times because of a heavy schedule of White House and ceremonial commitments.

For more information on "The President's Own"
United States Marine Band see www.marineband.usmc.mil


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