Band members drill 'till they drop

Saxophonist Benjamin Foreman retrieves his notebook from a gathering of instruments at band camp.

Saxophonist Benjamin Foreman retrieves his notebook from a gathering of instruments at band camp.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

Drill, baby, drill is what 132 members of the Havelock High School Ram Marching Band did last week at their annual band camp to prepare for the upcoming football season.

The camp is where the instrumentalists and color guard members synchronize their on-field presentation with their music.

“It’s looking pretty good right now,” said band director Jorge Benitez. ”It’s been rough here in the last week with the weather and the heat the last three weeks. But this week it’s been good and we’ve been able to learn everything we’ve needed to learn so it’s been a good week.”

“It’s the biggest band we’ve had in a few years,” Benitez said.

Benitez has been leading the band at Havelock for the last 21 years.

The camp lasted for five full days of practice followed by a concert on Saturday.

“In the morning we learn the drill and then we go into the band room and memorize the music for the drill that we just did and then we come out after that we spend the last hour and a half putting everything together so we can hear the music and the drill,” Benitez said. “I don’t see a lot of the progress initially, but two or three months down the road as we learn the show and get everything the way we want it, it’s amazing what these kids can do.”



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