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8 > Image 8 of Kentucky alumnus, vol. 04, no. 49, 1979

Part of Kentucky alumnus

Crew perfc ITIUSI The Wnldcat Marchm Band Q breal Tr their The Preparations eee e ass That Lead to Applause l pm hum learr mov * "i` DTOF be. i bam rota mg spec Planning for the season`s football V As a comparison, Henderson pointed U lem halftime shows begins in an earnest A *{;,.i to LSUs Tiger Stadium with its much wa in January. . A J __ . steeper sides which help hold the sound , `rl\ll the time we`re writing down . r` in and Tennessees Neyland Stadium G; music ideas, tunes we think might T i with a horseshoe shape which places pen work," says assistant director Gordon __ _v,, _ R A nearly half The audience in im d Z0 [ani Henderson. `Around January we start A 9 ~ i position and also has steep sides and a i _ _ sorting out priorities and grouping the L ll' i closed end to hold the sound down. V _ music into possible show units." W _ _ it .e "Thats one of the reasons why bands By the first of June as many as five J have different Penernnng Slylesi reef V musicians sie siisnging iiie music to i _ ii, i Hmdesen ddd_ L$U for >VgtS more sf- rangements are a number of free-lan- rr U fsstivetvthststhen nere _ cers. Some bands, Henderson pointed ,_ . ` Une Sryre ener eerne rreeere rnnrne out, have staff arrangers but after awhile J r bend Office were declared estsctic by every 5hOW begins tO Sound alike, Dlrectcr lilarley Clarkey. Clarke IS tak- l new pmt mating it i lE$i2?i?Z2$3JiiiFsiE2Ei22"iiE?f . \ Q v1r_ Wevegei Vgletgrignzgiients are dOn A derson. Clarke checks in at the office two things happen- The pens for each Band director W. Harry Clarke Oecaslonenyr though, and was there for i instrument are utaken Off- and the this definitive word on the band that he marching routine is sblocked Out.- has literally brought back from ruin. U with each and every step exactly "Were trying to be the best we can E . "We try to create moving productions 22 1/2 inches long. be- We Operate en pride_pride in Om * which felnredhe music le the menen **5mCe Ou; half-{img Shows me direc- musicianship and pride in our ability to When rnere S Srreng music We plan tional (we play to the press box side of entertain. Srrene Venere Wrrn rere Or berry and in- the stadium generally), the band mem- "We try to offer every style of musical srrumenr Swrne een er rew spore rn rne bers know that there are 28 steps be- and visual effect we can put together, ` music call fonflowing or soft variations tween the Sideline, the hashmarks and Says Henderson Thei Sometimes Calls ln rnevemenr Henderson Said gthgr Sidglii-ig_" for precision drill, the formation of ob- t ln planning the bands stepbystep Why are the shows "directional? jects, kaleidescope-like movements, maneuvers. Henderson uses a large "That's dictated by the size of Common- whatever we need to be effective." sheet of graph paper with each square wealth Stadium," Henderson says. Pointing to the drawing board for representing one step on the field. Hen- UK`s stadium is relatively flat and open the September 15 show, Henderson ex- derson explained; "We see the football so if all the instruments aren`t playing plains his Broadway style. The trumpets _.. , field as a series of eight steps to every out in the same direction they can't be form an elipse in front which gradually five yards. That means our stage. the heard even with 250 people blowing draws back like a stage curtain as the field. is 100 steps long 84 steps wide strong. rest of the band moves toward the nr 6