It was a musical two weeks for Kim Neighbors, Centralia High School’s band director, as well as
the residents of southern Centralia. From July 29 through August 2, the sounds of tuba, trumpet, bass drum, clarinet and other examples of brass, wood-wind and percussion provided breakfast-time music.
That was when Neighbors spent the morning hours marshalling 54 CHS students through the district’s annual band camp.
The camp featured work on three competition songs/arrangements and the requisite marching patterns that went with each song.
This year’s performance arrangements are: “The Great Show,” by Paul Murtha; “This is Me,” by Jay Bocook and a medely of “Never Enough and From Now On,” by Murtha.
Neighbors said there would have been more participants but several students were on mission trips during camp time.
“This is a great opportunity for the students to bond and gel as a group,” Neighbors said as the students packed their instruments and other gear off the hot Friday-morning CHS parking lot and trekked toward the band room. “They get to know each other and how to work together and get a good start on learning the show.”
Actually, she said, many of them had a great start on learning the show.
“I sent all of them the music for each number at the end of the last school year,” Neighbors said. “Several students put in the time to practice them before camp started, so we had a good core and it made a difference.”
The difference from other years, she said, is this was one of the few camps where the students finished camp knowing the marching steps for all three arrangements.
“I am glad,” Neighbors said, “but it wasn’t all musical. Some of this year’s musicians just adapted more quickly to the demand of marching than those at previous camps. That helped.”