The field house in York High School was a buzz of excitement on the first day of band camp, as the 140 students talked with old friends and introduced themselves to new ones, while finding a spot in a 10-row formation.
“Band, Ten Hut,” yelled the three drum majors, and within an instant the room was silent, as the band stood at attention. “Band, left dress,” and the students looked to their left to make sure their line was straight. “Band, horns up,” and the students raise their hands as if holding instruments.
The band members then practiced marching forward and backward as a unit.
“The thing with marching band is, you are literally looking for everyone to be a conformist. It’s like the military,” said William Riddle, co-band director.
The marching band is a fall activity, as it predominantly plays at home football games and some basketball games, Riddle said. The band does travel to away football games when the team makes it to the playoffs, he said.
During this year’s football season, the band will perform a half time show with music by Blood Sweat and Tears, Riddle said. The show will consist of four of the band’s songs: “More and More” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.”
The band purchased this show, which comes with 37 sets, or formations, for the four songs, Riddle said.