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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Journey begins: HHS band working on fall show

  • On a day when it felt more like football season, than late July, Debbie Higbee-Roberts acknowledged there were moments Tuesday morning when she had secretly wished she had brought a sweatshirt along with her. Still, one of Hannibal High School’s instrumental music directors, was quick to add that the weather was “awesome” for band camp.
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  • On a day when it felt more like football season, than late July, Debbie Higbee-Roberts acknowledged there were moments Tuesday morning when she had secretly wished she had brought a sweatshirt along with her. Still, one of Hannibal High School’s instrumental music directors, was quick to add that the weather was “awesome” for band camp.
    “This camp is a seven-day camp, so this is day four technically of seven. We did two days last week and this is our second day of blocking (this fall’s field show) this week. We’ll be done on Friday,” said Higbee-Roberts, who was overseeing Tuesday’s session of band camp with fellow directors Mike Fuller and Michael Saul.
    Overall, Higbee-Roberts expressed satisfaction in what she was seeing from the marching musicians.
    “It’s actually going really, really well,” she said. “They’re doing a really good job.”
    While the band is picking up the new show quickly, Higbee-Roberts was quick to add the show will not be a finished product when the camp concludes later this week.
    “It will take longer than band camp. We’ll get through as much as we can in band camp. The rest will be done during the band block, or class,” she said.
    Between 65-70, “depending on the day,” said Higbee-Roberts with a chuckle, make up this year’s Pirate Pride Marching Band.
    “This is actually a little bit up for us. We have 25 freshmen this year; that’s a big freshman class for us. That’s great,” she said.
    Despite having so many new additions to the HHS band, it hasn’t slowed the pace at which the new field show is being introduced.
    “Usually it does, but we’ve got an exceptional group of kids. They learn really quickly and they’re eager to learn. They look like upper classmen. It’s pretty cool,” Higbee-Roberts said.
    This year’s halftime show will feature the music of the rock band Journey, which had 18 Top 40 singles between 1978 and 1987.
    “It’s probably a little more recognizable to people of the ‘80s era,” said Higbee-Roberts. “It’s a pretty cool show and the kids are excited about it, the parents are excited about it. It should be a good show by the time we get everything done.”
    The band could be found rehearsing on the practice field overlooking Porter Stadium.
    “Normally we would be in Porter Stadium, but they are in the process of redoing the track, so we’re back to old school green grass and lines painted on the field. It kind of takes us back to our roots,” said Higbee-Roberts. “A lot of these kids have never done camp on real grass. It’s kind of a new experience for them. I’ve done this a long time, so it’s nothing new for me, it’s just different. Porter Stadium is a little easier because it’s turf, but other than that and just getting stuff moved up here, it’s really pretty good.”

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