Normal Marching Band prepares for 3 major competitions

Normal Marching Band in Eiffel Spot
Normal Marching Band in Eiffel Spot(Austin Evans)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 10:59 AM CDT
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NORMAL (25 News) - The Pride of Unit 5 has been working hard all season to reach this conclusion. Three major competitions across two days where they will compete against some of the best bands in the state and country.

After a very unorthodox marching band season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, bands are back on the fields in front of crowds and the passion is back in the kids participating in the extracurricular.

“I would say the adrenaline is back definitely back in marching band.” Said Lucy Bernardi, a senior trombone player for the Normal Marching Band. She is part of a large group of marching students from Normal West and Normal Community High Schools to form The Pride of Unit 5. Once on the field, the band is led by drum majors Maddie Beirne, Shelby Hailey, Braden Pool, and Krishiv Sreejith.

The band is under the direction of Paul Carter of Normal Community High School, Lisa Preston, and Ryan Budzinski both of which are from Normal West High School. They formed the Normal Marching Band out of both schools four years ago to give the students a chance to collaborate with students they may not see in class every day.

The 2021 show is entitled “Impressions” and it depicts images of Paris, the travel, sights, and sounds of the most romantic city in the world. They use their music and movements to tell a story and really paint a picture. They even have a painter on the sideline painting the Eiffel Tower.

“This year our show theme is Paris and like, you can see like throughout the show with like the music selections and like the audio we add to it, it’s basically that I was like traveling to Paris and like getting able to be able to explore the city.” Said Maddie Beirne.

The Pride of Unit 5 will be competing at the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis this Friday. Saturday, they will perform at Illinois State University. Finally, later on, Saturday they will perform at the University of Illinois. Next week they will attend the Greater St. Louis Festival of Bands and close the book on the 2021 Marching Band Season with some normalcy back in their lives.

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