CHS to compete with ‘Invincible’

| September 1, 2014
Marching Redskins: Kaitlyn Krebs, Chloe Brown, Emily Casey, Makenna Graves, JoAnna Fowler, Amy Terrell, Laryssa Cain, Rebkah Griffin, Darien Arron, Katie Meddings, Lydia Brady, Christa Lain, Sarah Heading, Haley Newhouse, Tara Brush, Timothy Meyers, Jacob Heading, Kari Jobe, Ashley Fulks, Jason Smith, Bladen Johnson, Stephanie Duncan, Mariah Kittell, Skip Hardesty, Jacoby Spang, Skyler Wright, Erik Taylor, Kristin Baker, Thomas Stonebraker, Cameron Wiandt, Gavin Vought, Zach Bryant, Jimmy Matthews, Jett Soungpradith, Shania Zeigler, Cheyenne McConnell, Karli Stonebraker, Alex Burton, Lauren Leopard, Kyra Larntz, Austin Christmas, Olivia Ringenberg, Michaela Hysong, Sarah Banks, Kassidy Logan, Lauren Babcock, Chelsea McFarland, Brice Lillibridge, Abbey McClister; staff – Barry Hardesty, Caroline Heading, Teresa Ott

Marching Redskins: Kaitlyn Krebs, Chloe Brown, Emily Casey, Makenna Graves, JoAnna Fowler, Amy Terrell, Laryssa Cain, Rebkah Griffin, Darien Arron, Katie Meddings, Lydia Brady, Christa Lain, Sarah Heading, Haley Newhouse, Tara Brush, Timothy Meyers, Jacob Heading, Kari Jobe, Ashley Fulks, Jason Smith, Bladen Johnson, Stephanie Duncan, Mariah Kittell, Skip Hardesty, Jacoby Spang, Skyler Wright, Erik Taylor, Kristin Baker, Thomas Stonebraker, Cameron Wiandt, Gavin Vought, Zach Bryant, Jimmy Matthews, Jett Soungpradith, Shania Zeigler, Cheyenne McConnell, Karli Stonebraker, Alex Burton, Lauren Leopard, Kyra Larntz, Austin Christmas, Olivia Ringenberg, Michaela Hysong, Sarah Banks, Kassidy Logan, Lauren Babcock, Chelsea McFarland, Brice Lillibridge, Abbey McClister; staff – Barry Hardesty, Caroline Heading, Teresa Ott

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton High School Marching Band has been working hard to put together what director Barry Hardesty says is a very challenging show.

“It’s a pretty challenging show musically and visually,” he said. “We will be marching some pretty quick tempos at high velocity. Much of the music we will be marching is 3/4, 3/2, or 5/4 time instead of the usual 4/4. Many marching bands never venture out of 4/4.”

The competition show is titled “Invincible” and the music for it was written specifically for marching band.

“It gives us the opportunity to play some very dramatic, heroic music and demonstrate contrasting styles,” Hardesty said.

The band also plans to play the following songs at football games this year: Pharrell Williams “Happy,” Fall Out Boy’s “Light ’em Up” and a medley of Daft Punk songs. They also will perform some older stadium favorites like “Seven Nation Army” and “Brick House.”

Hardesty has been with Coshocton since 1986 and served as the band director since 2001. This year he has 49 students under his direction.

“We have a strong senior class,” Hardesty said. “There are five seniors in the drumline alone. The sousaphones are also particularly strong this year.”

He also noted that there are no bench warmers in band.

“Rookies are always a concern early in the season,” Hardesty said. “It’s amazing the difference a year makes. We continue to work on conditioning and fundamental marching skills as well as tone quality, endurance, articulation, phrasing….there is always another level to attain as musicians.”

The marching Redskins didn’t make it to state finals last year, but Hardesty expects them to be competitive late in the season.

“We did receive ratings of excellent (last year) and we improved throughout the season and had a lot of fun with the Elton John theme last year,” he said.

This year’s competition schedule includes the following Saturday events: Sept. 13 – Philo; Sept 20 – Cambridge; Oct 11 – Maysville; Oct 18 – Double Header – River View/Meadowbrook; Oct 25 – New Philadelphia.

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