Markella Paradissis-Wagner –  Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 2017 Marching Mustangs Bank Parent Show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, in the LRHS Stadium. On Nov. 18, the Marching Mustang Band will participate in the Florida Marching Band Coalition (FMBC) Semifinals at Plant High School in Tampa. If they receive a qualifying score, they will advance to FMBC Finals at the Tropicana Dome.

The Parent Show is dedicated to all of the parents who volunteer for the band. Some parents have never seen the show from the front. In many instances, parents are busy working at the concession stand or as “Ranch Hands,” volunteers who load equipment.

Parents who help set up props on windy days often have to hold them up by staying behind them, missing the show. At State Championships, many parent volunteers see the show only on the jumbotron.

For semifinals, the musicians will arrive at LRHS at 6 a.m. They have a long day ahead of them. For freshman, it will be their first time experiencing such an action-packed day.

Freshman trumpet player Makayla McDonnell-Motes said, “I’m nervous, but I will do well. I’ve been going over the show in my mind and by the time the show comes I think I’ll be ready. I’m excited.”

For seniors, however, the day is even more moving, because it is their last day of high school marching band.

“I’m excited to put our show on the field for one last time, but I’m sad for my final season to end. I’m ready to kick butt at semis and I don’t think we will have a problem making finals,” said senior trumpet co-section leader Michelle Matheson.

The Marching Mustangs have worked hard on their show all season and are prepared to leave it all out there on the field.

Music in Motion makes money for marchers

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The halls of LRHS burst with music as 24 bands performed at the combined events of the Florida Band Association (FBA) Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) and the annual Florida Marching Band Coalition (FMBC) Music in Motion competition.

Hurricane Irma and the rainy fall season affected the Marching Mustangs’ concession stand and fundraising revenue. The weather also cancelled MPAs, which were originally supposed to take place on Oct. 28. Finally, on Saturday, Nov. 4, LRHS hosted MPAs, where the bands received scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior in music and marching, and Music in Motion earned some of the money that they lost in the storms.

Hosting the two events went a long way towards recouping some of the loss from Hurricane Irma and the three rainouts.

The Marching Mustangs also experienced performing twice in one day, once for MPAs, earning Straight Superiors and another at the end of the night for their exhibition run as the hosting band. The performances improved the band’s endurance and playing skills to achieve their goals of performing to their best and making FMBC State Finals.

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