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Marching Chargers continue to prepare 2008 show

Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - The fifty-five members of the 2008 Northwood High School Marching Charger Band wrapped up their second week of band camp with an impressive preview performance for the band boosters on Friday, August 22. Equally impressive was the large, enthusiastic turnout of parents, siblings, alumni, and community members who gathered for the first band booster meeting of the season.

Band director Eugene Cottrell and new drum major Catherine Barthoff introduced Psychoses, an original marching program based on themes by Cottrell, and arranged by Brad Pearson with percussion arrangements by Amy Davis. Three movements comprise this year’s program: Hallucinations, Delusion, and Paranoia.

Eleven freshmen are taking the field for the first time. Instructors Cottrell and Davis have been working with this new band four hours each day for the past two weeks to learn the music and create a cohesive unit on the field. The band performs at all home football games and competes at area band festivals during the fall. The 2007 edition of the Marching Chargers brought home two grand championship trophies for their A/AA performances.

"This year's group is working hard to regaining our all-superior status. They want to know what it means to earn that title and place a plaque on the marching tower. If they continue to work hard I see no reason that they can't reach that goal. Don’t miss an opportunity to see these talented musicians in performance," said Cottrell.

This year senior Andrew Southerland is featured in a haunting baritone solo in the second movement. Southerland was a member of last year’s All-District Band.

“Robert Schumann was a nineteenth century composer, mostly for piano. He played one of his compositions for an audience. A few members of the audience followed up his performance by asking him what the piece meant. In response, he promptly turned around and played the piece again. Sometimes, the meaning of the piece is up to the listener and not necessarily the performer. Each piece is unique. The free and flowing feel of my solo amongst the rigor and structure of the marching band world creates quite a beautiful contrast. It's a gem of a solo, and I'm honored to play it,” commented Southerland.

Northwood Band Competition Performance Schedule


Sept 27 Dixie Classic, Danville. VA


Oct 18 Central NC Band Festival, Elon, NC


Oct 25 Viking Classic, Southern Pines, NC


Nov 1 Brick Capital Classic, Sanford

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