Pioneers Marching Into New Season Of Music, Competition

The Nebraska City High School Pioneer Marching Band has already been working hard preparing for the upcoming marching season.

The band stepped off last Thursday with their first rehearsal of band camp. Band camp focuses on learning the fundamentals of marching, breaking down each step to the most simplest parts, to ensure the best looking form.

Last Thursday and Friday was focused on parade marching for the Otoe County fair parade on Saturday in Syracuse.

This week was focused on field show marching. Rehearsals started at 8 a.m. out on the field. They worked on putting the opening song “El Cumbanchero” to the show “Shades of Latin” on the field.

The band set twenty sets on the field in four days for the opener. Work continued inside in the afternoon to work on the show music, as well as pep band music for the upcoming sports seasons.

To put an end to band camp, a Marching Band Exhibition was held Thursday evening. This showcased all the band’s hard work put in this week. Melissa Turner of the Nebraska City Fine Arts Booster Club  said she was impressed with the group.

Turner: “They had only been practicing for about four days and it looked like they had been practicing for months.”


Marching band is all about the ability to follow directions. One way to show this and have a little bit of friendly competition, is through a “Drill Off”.

A various number of marching commands are given to test the ability of attentiveness and responsiveness. As more people are taken out, the commands get faster and more complicated. This year’s Drill Off winner was Sam Biaggi, a senior percussionist. For the first time in band camp history, Sam was awarded the “Golden Dinkle” for being the last student marching. 

Even though the school year hasn’t officially started, the marching band is well underway with a season full of successes.

For now the band will continue to work on fundamentals, clean the opener and put the rest of the show on the field. They will also prepare for the upcoming Hamburg Popcorn Days and AppleJack parade. In addition to the Harvest of Harmony Marching Competition and the Field Show Competition, the band will be adding a new contest.

For the first time, the band will be competing at the “NSBA Marching Band Contest” in October.

If you would like to support the band and other fine art organizations in the school, you can check out the Nebraska City Fine Arts Booster Club page on Facebook, for more information and upcoming meeting dates. Meetings will begin following the start of the school year. They will set goals that they wish to accomplish this year.

They are always looking for volunteers to help support the Fine Arts Students.

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