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Band has dirt track theme




(Trumpet players shown Friday at the 2023 PCHS marching band camp)

Since the Prairie Central High School marching band is based in Fairbury, it is only fitting that this year’s show is called “Dirt Track.”


Members of the band just concluded several days of band camp to learn this year’s show in which the drills and choreography were custom made for PC.


“We are going to throw in some quotes and little Easter eggs for people to find as they’re watching the show,” explains Brendan Vincent, PCHS band instructor.


Senior Drew Parent plays tenor saxophone, calling it a fun instrument. He especially enjoys the choreography in this year’s show and has liked his time rehearsing with the low reed section, consisting of tenor and bari sax players.


“I’m surprised because (the freshmen) can actually do their job,” said Parent.


Carmen Gradberg, senior percussionist, enjoyed her time at band camp.


“Our drumline is made up of four seniors and four freshman who are doing an amazing job.”


Gradberg also gives kudos to members of the pit and considers it a “carefree time” whenever the percussionists get together. While Gradberg was able to be inside during recent hot weather, that was not always the case for Parent.


“I got my farmer’s tan going on,” he joked.


A preview show of the PCHS marching band is planned for Sept. 9 with competitions planned in the following weeks at Pontiac, Morton, Dunlap and Illinois State University for the marching band championships.


Hawk fans can also see the band perform at the home football games this year.

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