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Farmington's Tiger Marching Band gears up for season

Members of the marching band's trumpet section rehearse drill for their fall show, Sagarmatha, at Band Camp last week. Submitted photo1 / 2
Student drum majors of the Farmington Tiger Marching Band had the opportunity to work with Sean Kraus, drum major of the University of Missouri Marching Band. This master class helped students to develop their conducting, score study and more. Submitted photo2 / 2

Members of the Farmington Tiger Marching Band recently completed two weeks of intensive Band Camp, a 70-hour regimen of rehearsals that prepare the students for fall marching band competitions, community performances and appearances at home varsity football games.

Directed by Erin Holmes, Bradley Mariska, and several assistants, the two weeks of camp include a wide variety of rehearsals that focus on both marching technique and musical development. Band members also work together in student-led sectionals and special mentorship meetings and team building in which band "rookies" are paired with veteran marchers. Parent volunteers organized meals and snacks for the long days and evenings of rehearsals, which take place at Farmington High School.

In addition to beginning work on their fall competition show, Sagarmatha (the Nepali word for Mt. Everest), students work to memorize familiar pep band songs and drum cheers that are used at sporting events, community celebrations, and pep assemblies.

The Farmington Tiger Marching Band will perform Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Empire Township Hall and at the Minnesota State Fair Parade Tuesday, Aug. 29. Farmington Area Public Schools administration, staff, and faculty will be treated to a performance by the band on Monday, Aug. 28.

For more information about upcoming performances, search for "Farmington High School Band" on Facebook.