Marching Band Really Is A Family – Lake Zurich HS Marching Band Spotlight

We all know that marching band is like one big family. Many marching band camps include team building activites and competitions to strengthen camaraderie within the ranks. Lake Zurich High School is our spotlight today.

180 students are getting ready for the football and marching season by learning their fight song, stand music, and working on marching fundamentals. They also spend much of their time learning about each other. This is accomplished through competitions like “section Olympics.” They also competed for alumni’s pick for the best skit.

Joshua Thompson, band director for Lake Zurich High School, conducts the band during class. Band members will travel to Madrid over winter break to perform in a parade. (Kristy MacKaben, Chicago Tribune)

Joshua Thompson, band director for Lake Zurich High School, conducts the band during class. Band members will travel to Madrid over winter break to perform in a parade. (Kristy MacKaben, Chicago Tribune)

Band director, Josh Thompson, believes that many times, these are the most important parts of band camp. When it comes to school spirit, a lot of times these fun, camaraderie-building times are the foundation for a season of high-energy football games and half-time shows.

“For me, the camp is about developing camaraderie and helping them feel like they are part of a big group, so I make it fun for them,” Thompson said.

Read more here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-zurich/news/ct-lzc-lake-zurich-marching-band-tl-0827-20150820-story.html

 

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