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BVHS band brings ‘Earthly Cathedrals’ to life
Marching Lynx previews field show tonight at annual Marching & Melon Madness
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

August 29. 2013 9:29AM
If you want a sneak peek of the 2013 Marching Lynx’s fall field show, this Thursday evening is your opportunity.

The 132-member band will preview their show, “Earthly Cathedrals” at 7:30
tonight at the BVHS Athletic Complex. The event is free and watermelon will be served following the show. The band’s first competition is Sept. 21, when they compete in the Waseca (Minn.) Marching Classic.

Miller explained that “Earthly Cathedrals” is comprised of four movements: sky, water, desert and mountains.

“We have decided to try to incorporate visual images of naturally existing structures of the world environment on the field with music that evokes the feeling of awe, perspective, sanctuary, excitement and movement in the show,” Miller explained.

The Marching Lynx won’t be the only classroom subject on the field this marching season. “Since marching band is part of our curricular studies within the band program, we have done what we can to be as inclusive of the arts as possible,” Miller said.

While band students that will be competing on the field, a high school art teacher and his students will also have a presence on the field – in their artwork.

“What’s more is that we are very excited to have Chad Nelson, a very talented local artist and art teacher at Brandon Valley High School, incorporating some original art of his and his students’ into the show,” Miller said.

The band’s first movement, “Sky,” uses the music of Karl Jenkins. He is primarily known as a choral composer, Miller said. However, he has composed for orchestral and wind ensembles as well.

The second movement, “Water,” incorporates the music of Thomas Newman and John Adams, both noted American composers. Newman is noted for his work in film scores and Adams is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer for his work on a commission for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated to the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001.

The third movement, Desert,” is inspired by themes used in a composition for band called “Arabian Dances” by American composer, Brian Balmages.

The Marching Lynx will close their show with “Mountains,” and music taken from “The Pines of the Appian Way,” the fourth movement of Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

“It should be a pretty exciting musical journey that coordinates with the imagery used on the field and we hope that audiences will enjoy the display of the variety of art forms utilized throughout the field show,” Miller said.

For two and a half weeks leading up to the start of the school year, band students put in 7.5-hour days learning the basic to advanced marching techniques, music performance techniques, drill positioning on the field, as well as leadership and building activities.

“We are very proud of all of the commitment and hard work put in by these very special students every day,” Miller said. “We understand that to do this activity well takes a great level of dedication and grit.”

This year, like past years, students work hard to develop time management and communication skills to balance this activity with other fall activities and part-time jobs.
“We, as a staff, understand the demands placed on students and know their time is a premium commodity and we are fortunate to have so many students who understand and appreciate the value and benefits of making the time to be a part of this organization,” he said.

As the band advances in its season, Miller said rehearsals average out to that of any other fall activities.
Aug. 29 Marching & Melon Madness, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 Waseca (Minn.) Marching Classic
Sept. 28 Tri-State Band Festival, Luverne; Big Sioux Review, Brandon
Oct. 5 Sioux Falls Festival of Bands
Oct. 12 Dutchmen Field Championships, Orange City, Iowa
Oct. 19 USD Quad State Band Festival, Vermillion
Oct. 28 Indoor Marching Band Concert, 7:30 p.m.

The Marching Lynx are in their fourth week of fine-tuning their fall field show, "Earthly Cathedrals." They will give local fans a preview of the show Thursday evening at Thursday's annual "Marching and Melon Madness" show. Submitted photo

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