Marching to MinneapolisPublished 10:54am Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The Fergus Falls High School marching band has been to Seattle, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C, where they have participated in several presidential inaugurations.
This weekend, the band adds another trip to the list.
The band will perform in the University of Minnesota’s homecoming parade at 7 p.m. this Friday. This will be the first time the band has participated in the parade since 2009, when they became the first out-of-town high school to perform in the parade.
“The timing was just right I guess,” band director Scott Kummrow said. “Sometimes it landed on our homecoming day, which would have been impossible for us to do.”
There will be about 120 students traveling for the parade, according to Kummrow. Many members of the band have years of experience traveling and performing in big events. This experience made Kummrow comfortable enough to not devote much practice time to Friday’s parade.
“It’s been about 10 to 1,” senior trombonist Nathan Kaminski-Horak said about the balance between practicing for their own upcoming homecoming parade and this Friday’s parade. “But most of us have been in marching band for three years. We have done the music for multiple years and most of us have had it memorized for two years at least.”
The band will not be performing any new songs at Friday’s parade, which will be about one mile long and will finish at TCF Bank Stadium. One of the songs they will perform was done earlier this year at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, according to fellow senior trombonist Peder Lundberg.
But Kummrow has set aside some practice time Friday morning before the group leaves for Minneapolis around 10:30 a.m. Besides performing in the parade, the band will also meet the University of Minnesota’s marching band and have dinner with them.
Neither Kaminski-Horak, Lundberg nor senior clarinet player Mackenzie Schara are nervous for the performance; rather, their excitement has built to a crescendo after first finding out about the trip in the spring. Kummrow has not noticed nerves in any other band members, but if anyone is anxious, he hopes the Friday morning practice will calm them down.
Friday’s trip is also eventful for another reason: it will be the last time the band wears its current uniforms. The uniforms, which have been used for the last 20 years, will be replaced by next marching season, Kummrow said. Fundraising efforts are underway for the new uniforms.