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Northwood High School Charger Band prepares for 2010 competitions

By Eugene Cottrell
Posted Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - The Northwood Marching Charger Band is working diligently in preparation to present Amusements, its 2010 competition program. Commissioned for the Chargers by director Eugene Cottrell, the three-movement work (Carnival, Clown, and Coaster) was composed by Brad Pearson, with drill by Eric Salas, percussion by Amy Savage, and color guard choreography by Allen Wiley.

The Chargers have just completed two weeks of band camp memorizing music and drill. Twenty-one new members join this year's ensemble. Catherine Bartholf returns as the Charger Drum Major. Featured soloists include Justin Mann on trombone in Clown, and the Coaster Sax quartet—Alyssa Knoll (soprano), Coby Jones (alto), Anna Burchfield (tenor) and Matt Kleberg (baritone).

Audiences can be prepared to listen for quotes of the circus classic, J. Fucik’s “Thunder & Blazes”, in the first movement. Cottrell encourages audiences to also watch for the eight sets of siblings on the field in this year’s band — the Seagroves, O’Daniels, Elkins, Bartholfs, Jarvises, Manns, Knolls, and Akridges.

Fans will have the opportunity to see the program in development at the home football games beginning August 27 when Western Harnett visits Northwood.

The 2010 Charger competition season:
September 25—Pinecrest High Band Fest
October 9—BellBrook High School (Bellbrook, Ohio)
October 16—Western Alamance’s Central NC Band Festival
November 6—Graham High School

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