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Marching & Melon Madness unveils band’s 2014 field show
By By Alica P. Thiele
Challenger reporter

August 20. 2014 2:13PM
The Brandon Valley Marching Lynx will reach for the stars in this season’s field show, inspired by the story of Peter Pan.

The band will preview the show at the annual Marching and Melon Madness at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Brandon Valley High School athletic complex.

“Second Star to the Right and Straight on ’Til Morning” comprises four movements of original arrangements in what director Jesse Miller calls a “high velocity” show.

Ryan George’s “Firefly” reminds the audience of childhood, while the second movement, “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev, takes on the more serious tone of growing up.

“The Conversion of Saul” by Z. Randall Stroope builds to a furious and anxious climax, reminiscent of life’s many burdens, followed by the fourth movement, a “Firefly” reprise, inviting listeners to return to a simpler time.
Throughout the show, the audience will hear strains of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

“It’s a combination of growing up and staying young,” sophomore clarinetist Erin Livingston said.

The movements of the band are meant to evoke the feel of the music rather than to illustrate the music literally, although the band does form two stars at one point that rotate as they move across the field, “basically getting us to Neverland,” Miller said.

The 144-member Marching Lynx band will perform the field show at competitions this season.

The Marching Lynx create a design during practice in this season's field show, "Second Star to the Right and Straight on 'til Morning." Submitted photo

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