By Michael Clarke | Advertising EditorMembers of the Mighty Mustang Band began the annual ritual of summer band rehearsal on Aug. 3. The four weeks of summer band practice continue into the school year in preparation for the UIL marching contest on Oct. 21.
The band’s marching show for the 2015-2016 school year is titled “Omega Red” and features the musical works of noted composer Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
“I cannot wait to see what the Mighty Mustang Band is able to do this year,” Head Drum Major Rebecca Francis said. “Our show is going to be structured a little differently than in the past, and I do think fresh ideas will do wonders.”
While the show does not tell a story, the color red is central to helping the audience understand the abstract nature of the band’s marching show.
“It looks like the entire marching field will just be covered in red,” sophomore Adam Kuria said.
As with the marching shows of the past, this year, at the request of the visual design team tasked with constructing all elements of the marching show, the Band will use props.
“We will have 16 11-foot props on the football field during the show that cannot be interpreted as being one single thing,” band director Dimitri Icossipentarhos said. “It will be up to the audience to use their imagination as to what these objects could be.”
A group of parent volunteers has been tasked by Mr. Icossipentarhos with creating these elements, a critical piece in telling the visual part of a story that intentionally does not have a definitive story line.
“As marching band has evolved, it has become an expectation that the really good bands have props in their marching show.” Mr. Icossipentarhos said.
The color red is central to all aspects of the marching show including the red props and the band’s red marching uniforms. Flags used by members of the color guard and the props change from red to dark red showing the transformation from darkness to light.