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ELC marching band hitting the high notes

October 9, 2012
Estherville Daily News

The Estherville Lincoln Central High School marching band has been making a name for itself with some great performances recently in both Fort Dodge and Algona.

In the North Central Marching Competition in Fort Dodge, the band scored an excellent rating with 66.4 points. The band had 190 out of 300 points possible for music general effect, 138 out of 200 for music execution, 182 out of 300 for marching and maneuvering effect and 154 out of 200 for marching and maneuvering.

At Algona Band Days, the band had an excellent rating of 61.8. ELC had a 189 for music general effect, 142 for music execution, 167 for marching and maneuvering effect and 120 for marching and maneuvering execution.

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At the State Marching Band Contest in Fort Dodge this past Saturday the band had a superior rating with 78.9.

For music general effect, the band had 232 points, music execution 154, marching and maneuvering effect 238 and marching and maneuvering execution 165.

Songs included Born This Way, Crazy In Love, Someone Like you, Rumor Has It and Firework. Soloists include Brad Olsen, Zach Shryock and Mackenzie Wilson. Drum major is Alicia Jorgenson, color guard instructor Betty Lou Jones and color guard co-captains are Hannah Lenertz and Becca Lair.

Other 3A bands from the surrounding area performed at state contest last week as well. Schools receiving an excellent were: Le Mars, Nevada, Webster City and Spirit Lake. Schools receiving an excellent rating were Algona, Charles City, Forest City, Fort Dodge, Garner Hayfield/Ventura, Spencer and Storm Lake.

"The weather on Saturday was not ideal for marching band, with a high of only 50 and stronger winds than I would have liked, but the kids pushed through that and gave a great performance," Giebler said. "I was really pleased with the enthusiasm of the audience and the number of parents/friends that attended the contest. It really pumps up the kids to hear the crowd cheer. The judges gave very positive comments such as: 'This is a well-rehearsed band who has a firm grasp of the basic fundamental concepts of what a marching band should be and do' 'This color guard is giving a great performance and is fun to watch. I can tell that they work well together and love to perform.'

"I'm very proud of my band students!" Giebler said. "They have been a great group to work with all marching season and they really worked together as a team by helping each other and promoting a positive rehearsal environment. The score they received is the highest score any ELC marching band has received since I began teaching here in 2000. Only two other

ELC marching bands (2004 and 2007) have received superior ratings so it is something to be proud of."

Giebler said the band will perform its half-time show for the last time Friday night at the home football game. They will also be joined by the entire seventh-and-eighth-grade band for the pre-game performance of the Star-Spangled Banner and School Song.



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