Marching to their own beat

The Spartan Regiment had their first competition of the year.

Jared McClellan

Competition time is here for the Spartan Regiment. The Regiment had their first competition on Saturday, September 13th. They placed third in their class, losing to Rockwood Summit and Edwardsville. Junior Alexis Clark plays the mellophone, a brass instrument and thinks their performance reflects the band’s abilities.

“The show went well for our first performance,” said Clark.

The band had first time performance jitters. The band had to shake it off and just not be nervous. Band director Mr. Nathan Griffin knows the Regiment still has areas to improve in.

“They made early in the season types of mistakes,” said Griffin.

The band’s mistakes were very basic and easily fixed. The first competition nerves just took over.

“Some issues we had were minor like our spacing, taking eight counts, and our timing,” said Clark.

However, the Spartan Regiment remained at a constant level of skillfulness throughout their performance.

“There was a lot of consistency throughout the performance,” said Griffin.

Their competition, Rockwood Summit and Edwardsville, has skills our band thinks they can improve upon. Senior Tara Parnacott is the flute section leader has ideas ideas she would like to implement into the Regiment.

“The other bands projected their sounds a lot better than we did which is something we need to work on,” said Parnacottt.

The Spartan Regiment’s next competition is Lafayette High School on September 27th.