Band camp is traditionally warm for the Marshalltown High School marching band. While fighting the heat, another tradition is laying the groundwork for high quality performances by the Bobcats.
The three students leading the way for the marching band this year as drum majors are Caleb Jones, Phoebe Osgood and Caitlin Scully. The band wrapped up the first week of band camp on August 10 with more days to come to prepare for the marching season.
“I think the tradition is that we are all one group, we’re one big family and we stand by each other,” Scully said. “It’s really important to us to keep the tradition going.”
Jones concurs that the marching band is like a family.
“I think the fun part about this season will be the family aspect,” Jones said.
Osgood hopes her enthusiasm for band spills over to her fellow Bobcats.
“I wanted to be drum major because I want people to love band as much as I do and I look forward to the competitions,” Osgood said.
The first full performance will be held at halftime of the home football game on August 31. A preview show for the public will be at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, August 17 on the football practice field.
The band is led by MHS instrumental music director Brett Umthun and assistant director Nick Gardner.