Redford Thurston marchers third at state competition

By Kaylei Kerr and HolliRay Dyer

 

We have all heard the jokes about the Detroit Lions.  We have seen the Meme with Mufasa and Simba from Disney’s The Lion King looking out into the horizon while Simba asks, “Dad what is a super bowl?”  Mufasa replies, “Who knows; we are Lions.”

But what happens when Eagles come to Ford Field?

The Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) occurred Saturday at Ford Field, featuring 48 bands from across Michigan.

After Saturday competitions before State Finals, scores chosen to be kept by the competing schools are added and averaged out, and the top 12 in each flight are invited to compete in the state championship. With a total of 48 bands, they all arrive to Ford Field to give it all they have and show off their skills.

Each year, the marching band has a theme to their show.  Thurston’s  theme is,  “Take to the Skies.”  The marching band had three movements and each movement had a purpose. The 1st movement was the intro to flight presenting the Wright Brothers. The 2nd movement was all about Amelia Earhart who was portrayed by Senior HolliRay Dyer.

Color Guard Member HolliRay Dyer said, “I was asked to be Amelia Earhart before we even had the show on the field, it was such an honor to know that the staff recognized my passion for spinning and gave me the opportunity to show it off. I can’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to develop my skill further so in the future when I audition for professional groups, I know I’ll be ready.”

The 3rd Movement was split into two parts:  the first half was about the Tuskegee Airmen and the other half was all about space. The Color guard had space flags and in the end, the band paid tribute to those who perished on The Challenger.

Returning to school on Monday, the halls were filled with proud band members sporting their medals.

“Our Eagle Marching Band placed 3rd in the state in Flight III with a score of 90.425!  The band also took 1st place in woodwinds, 1st place in brass, 2nd place in percussion and 2nd place for overall music. The score of 90.425 and the 3rd place award is the highest placement in our twenty-three year history of competing bands,” said Band Director Edward Lucius.

Band is a way of life in South Redford.  For many, it began in elementary school.  When you are the new kid on the block, one might worry about fitting into this tight knit family.

Pit member Jennifer Bell said, “I started marching band before I started my first year of Thurston. Everyone in the band was so welcoming and I was more comfortable on the first day of school. Marching band is my second family. We work, we fail, and we succeed together. It has been an amazing experience.“

Commanders Mary Nelson and Lauren Robinson pose with the third place trophy from the Michigan Competing Band Association State Finals.
Commanders Mary Nelson and Lauren Robinson pose with the third place trophy from the Michigan Competing Band Association State Finals.
Thurston band members proudly sported their winning medals at school the Monday after the State competition.
Thurston band members proudly sported their winning medals at school the Monday after the State competition.
Paying tribute to those who perished in The Challenger by playing Taps
Paying tribute to those who perished in The Challenger by playing Taps

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