Attention

ATTENTION—Marching band members receive instructions on how to stand at attention. Photo by Stan Schwartz

BOWLING GREEN—About 50 students showed up to the music room Monday at the Bowling Green R-I campus to start practices for the marching band.

Band director Anthony Webb had his hands full, getting the band members, still in summer vacation mode, ready to start their practices. Band camp was set to run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Lunch is included,” Webb said, “so they stick around here all day.”

Webb was dealing with a couple of glitches first thing. One was the rain. An early morning thunderstorm had made practicing outside out of the question. The storm had been severe enough to cancel the start of the Junior High Football Camp. But the band could practice indoors, and that’s what they did.

Finding a suitable place took a little doing, as well. Part of the school complex is undergoing asbestos abatement, putting the band members in the elementary school gymnasium. As they walked across campus to avoid the cleanup area, one student said, “Look, we’re going back to elementary school.”

This is Webb’s third year directing the marching band at Bowling Green High School, and his 10th as a band director. He said he is being assisted this year by first-time assistant band director Gannon Craig.

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