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Summer Band Camp is about learning new routine

Come out and watch the new show later this month.

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Mike Thompson
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WORTHINGTON — As the school year ends, the “Spirit of Worthington” Trojan Marching Band is busy ramping up this summer and fall for the 2022-23 season. We are very fortunate to be seeing a large growth in the band, with over 60 new members spanning from incoming freshmen all the way up to next year’s seniors who are trying band for the first time. This year is looking to be close to 170 members strong! Almost every section in the band has grown, with the largest growth being in the color guard and the flute sections, both of which have almost doubled.

Summer band camp began Monday and will continue through June 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The students will spend two long weeks on Trojan Field and around the high school campus learning their new show, “NYC!” During these two weeks, the students will perfect their music, learn new formation and new flag routines, and new choreography. The new show will include music from “In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and music from Panic! At The Disco.

This fast-paced and energetic show will take us on a musical tour of the bustling city of New York. We will see and hear the sights and sounds of the northern part of the island with a visit to the Washington Heights area, we’ll take a quick walk through Central Park, we’ll visit the 9/11 Memorial, and we’ll end with a subway ride up to Time’s Square for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Band Camp will wrap up with a preview performance of this year’s show on Clary Street in front of the high school at 6 p.m. June 17. All are invited to come watch! The band will then spend the weekend traveling to Owatonna on June 18 for the Harry Wenger Band Festival and then over to Winona on June 19 for the Steam Boat Days parade. We will march this fall in the King Turkey Day parade, Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne, the Algona Band Day parade in Algona, Iowa, and possibly some other additions.

This fall, in conjunction with the King Turkey Day committee, the band will travel to Cuero, Texas to participate in Cuero Turkey Fest. This trip is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the students, as the next time this will happen will likely not be for another 50 years.

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The students will have the opportunity to meet the Cuero band, perform in their parade, and enjoy Cuero Turkey Fest, as well as other educational activities. Cuero’s band will travel here in the coming year or two to participate in the King Turkey Day parade, as well! We look forward to this partnership that will hopefully last for years to come. We hope you will come out to support us this summer and fall.

Our goal is to have 100% of the band travel to Cuero for this memorable experience for the kids!

We are actively seeking donations through community support to help make this goal a reality. If you would like to make a donation to help the band travel to Cuero, please send all donations to the high school or contact me, Director Mike Thompson, with any questions.

Thank you for your support of the Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band, and we hope to see you along the parade routes supporting us this summer and fall.

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