Fairbury Band marches its way through Harvest of Harmony

On Saturday October 6, 2018 the FHS band students travelled to Grand Island for the Harvest of Harmony competition. The band performed the marching band song “Timber” by Kesha and Pitbull.

While Konnor Hasselbring ‘21 enjoyed the candy at the parade he said that he thinks the band did pretty well for it being the longest marching competition they have done.

“Harvest of Harmony is always a fun event, because it’s wonderful to see the growth musically from the beginning of marching season until the end. The students memorized a new song “Timber” to march to and did an excellent job!” Band Director Maureen Beck said.

Devin Holliday ‘19 said that at Harvest of Harmony they all stayed in step and that it helped a lot with their performance.

“The band continues to improve from year-to-year, and this year I especially noticed improvement in the unity of our step, clarity of lines, and as an overall community of musicians” Beck said.

Harvest of Harmony is not only a place for students to perform but for some make memories, Holliday said that he always loves to go over the bridge because it is very loud and everyone can hear them.

Beck said,”The most memorable moment in all of my Harvest of Harmony experiences was the time ALL of the bass drummers forgot their mallets, and I had to buy the big plastic bubble wand tubes and wrap them in black athletic tape so they could play through the parade. We made it all the way to the end of the parade before one of the wands broke and the bass drum got all soapy with bubbles.”

The band had been working hard these past few weeks and they memorized the marching piece in only a week Beck said. The band is now transitioning over into their concert band season.

I just want to add how incredibly proud I am of my students. They work so hard everyday to produce a great product and they make me very proud! We won the Wilber Czech Days parade, got 2nd at Yorkfest, earned an Excellent rating at Yorkfest and did very well at Harvest of Harmony. We had a quick turnaround time from marching band into concert band as we have our Fall Concert this Sunday, October 14 at 2p.m. and the students are doing a great job!” Beck said.

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The FHS Band practicing marching the day of Homecoming. Photo by Kacy Starck