Marching Ads finding rhythm at camp

Farragut High School band member, Scott Weathers, practices with his trumpet during FHS’ band camp Thursday, July 23, at the school. A Veteran’s Day parade in Knoxville and holiday parade in Hawaii await Farragut High School Band members this year as they gear up for the season during band camp.

Students turned out for the camp, which started Monday, July 20, and are continuing with camp through Friday, July 31, at Farragut High School.

“What we are doing this week is the very basics,” Keith Clupper, FHS Band director, told his students. “By October you should know how to bring your horn up and how to step.

“In October, you’ve got to think about how to get better,” Clupper said.

Farragut High’s band has 149 members this year. Of those, about 45 are new, Clupper said.

Several freshmen had been involved in band since middle school and said wanted to continue in high school.
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Heat nor rain dampen Hawks band

Hardin Valley Academy drum major Hannah Johnson, a junior, conducts band participants during band camp Wednesday, July 15, in the school. Despite rain and summer heat, Hardin Valley Academy Band students began practicing with their band camp Tuesday, July 14, taking the work indoors the first week.

They continued with their camp through Friday, July 24.

The band program has 115 students in all this year, Alex Rector, HVA band director, said.

“I like [band],” Aubrie Raborn, a junior, said. “I like everything about it.”

“I love the sense of community and learning new things,” Kaitlyn Welsh, sophomore, said.

Of the 115 band students, Rector said 35 are new members.

“That’s more new members than we’ve had in the past few years,” Rector said. “It’s good to see the band growing. It’s going to mean good things in the future. The freshmen are already doing an outstanding job.”
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BHS band motivated

Bearden High School Band students Dillon Pender and Jack Draper get some instruction from Jordan Bible on drum techniques during BHS’s band camp Wednesday, July 15, at the school. Bearden High School Band students pursue happiness as they start their band program.

The students have begun with band camp, which ran from Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, for percussion and color guard members then from Monday to Friday, July 25, for all band


“It’s going great,” Jason Wilson, Bearden Band co-director, said during camp Wednesday, July 15, in the school. “We have a great group of kids. They are motivated to have a good season.

“The leadership team is really stepping up to make sure the band has a good year,” Wilson said.

One of those leaders, Madison Chan, a senior and drum major, said she is excited about this year’s band season based on what she has seen.
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