Horseheads marching ensemble preps for second half of the season

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) – Midway through their two month season, Horseheads high school marching ensemble hits the field with the largest band since 1994.

The band has continued to increase in numbers over the past couple years. This season there is 125 students total.

The halftime performance has been in the works since early January. Band teacher and co-director of the marching ensemble, Collin Smith said after looking over shows, him and the other staff choose the show “Cathedral.”

It showcases different music, organ symphony, John Rutter’s “Gloria,” and Karl Jenkins “Benedictus.” It is a prop heavy show that includes 12-foot pillars and stain glass.

“We have these beautiful color guard uniforms, and lots of flags for them. We are using swing flags this year,” Smith said, “it developed from choosing the music first and then we hired a designer from Syracuse. He puts all the drill together and we make it into a show.”

Upcoming performances include the homecoming game this Friday. At the end of October the marching ensemble will head to Syracuse for the New York State Championships.

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