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August 2, 2012

Stillwater High School's marching band prepares show for upcoming season

STILLWATER, Okla. — New and familiar faces of the young men and women of the Stillwater High School marching band are back at it again, preparing for the upcoming season.

Senior Ari King, one of three captains for the Stillwater High color guard, said last year’s show, with the theme “Order and Chaos” went very well.

“I just hope we are as or more successful than last season,” King said.

This year’s theme is “Femme Fatale.” Director Kevin Zamborsky describes the show.

“It’s about a woman who uses her charms to get whatever she wants, basically, and usually leaves a path of death and destruction behind her,” Zamborsky said.

While King will play the femme fatale, senior Evan Rochat, a section leader for the baritone section, will play her love interest. The story follows the femme fatale and her dangerous lifestyle as she meets Rochat’s character. The femme fatale, as a result, determines she wants to change her way of living.

“She just wants to be with one guy and be happy with him,” Zamborsky said.

The struggle between her two lifestyles results in a climactic end to the story, he said.

Rochat said there isn’t much time to tell the story, which makes it important to project the emotion to the crowd well.

“I think it will be pretty hard because you have to practice and practice to get it right,” Rochat said.

King agrees.

“We just have to put our heart and soul into the music and really perform,” King said. “Otherwise, we won’t sell it.”

Zamborsky said there are a few recognizable pieces in the performance.

“We’re using music from Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’, which of course, Carmen is a femme fatale,” Zamborsky said. “And Bachanale from Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns. And then, our love piece is ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ from Moulin Rouge, so anybody who has seen that movie knows that’s the song that Nicole Kidman sings. It’s just a beautiful piece.”

The director reflected on last year.

“It was our most successful season ever,” Zamborsky said. “We finished second place at Owasso. We’ve never finished in second before. And we finished in seventh or eighth (at OBA), so it was a very successful season. We were in the top six almost every show that we went to and every contest we went to, they did better in finals than in prelims, so they moved up basically with every show that they did.”

Zamborsky said they don’t want to slow down from the success they have already achieved. “The band has talked this year about the fact that we want to build upon the success that we had last year, which is kind of tough for a freshman to     understand,” Zamborsky said.

Rochat and King aim to help their fellow band members with their experience.

“At least for my section, I’m going to try to teach them good rehearsal habits because I know when I first came in, my section didn’t have that great of rehearsal habits, so I’m going to try to get that straightened out,” Rochat said.

King said the experience is what you make of it.

“It’s how hard you work that gets us where we are,” King said.

Zamborsky said he is thrilled with the group of musicians he has this year.

“The students this year are learning at a very fast pace,” Zamborsky said. “We’re almost already done with pre-game and Monday we’ll start learning drill for the actual show.”

And this year will keep the band busy. In September, they travel to Owasso for their first contest of the year. In October, the group will perform at Tulsa Union High School’s Renegade Review, a two-day competition at Bands of America in St. Louis and state championship. On Nov. 8, the students will participate in the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s huge,” Zamborsky said. “It’s a three day contest. They have two days of preliminaries and on Saturday morning they have semifinals and Saturday night they have finals. So, that’s going to be a big trip for us. We’re really excited about that.”

King said she is excited to show her and her fellow member’s improvement.

“We’ve grown so much and gotten better,” King said. “I’m just excited to perform.”

Zamborsky agreed with King on the group’s hard work.

“The program has grown tremendously over the last few years and I’m real proud of not only these kids who are in here now and coming up, but all the kids who came before them because this wouldn’t be possible without all those who helped move this program forward,” Zamborsky said.

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