Strike up the band: HHS marching band prepares for second season

Members of the Helena Huskies Marching Band recently spent two full weeks at band camp preparing for the upcoming season. (Contributed)

Members of the Helena Huskies Marching Band recently spent two full weeks at band camp preparing for the upcoming season. (Contributed)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–As most Helena High School students were enjoying their summer break, the 185 members of the Helena High School Marching Band were preparing for their second full season together.

The Husky Marching Band just completed a two-week band camp where they worked on a variety of things to prepare for the upcoming football season and

Helena Band Director Jeff Burnside helped shed some light on how the band prepared.

“The biggest change from last year to this year was that our practice field wasn’t ready yet and this year it was complete and we got to practice on grass,” said Burnside. “It’s a lot cooler to practice on grass rather than asphalt.”

Burnside said that each day of camp broke down into three different categories of practice.

“Camp basically breaks down into three things each day,” said Burnside. “We start off in the morning and do fundamental marching and then work on drill and set formations till lunch. After lunch, they go inside and the musicians work on music.”

Helena tries to do the majority of their afternoon work inside to miss the hottest part of the day.

Burnside said the theme of this year’s show is “the time of your life” and all the music in the show will include songs that have the word “time” in it.

The songs featured will be “Only time will tell” by Asia, “The longest time” by Billy Joel, “Old time rock and roll” by Bob Seger and “Time of your life” by Green Day.

The Helena Band Boosters recently received $8,000 in donations from the Buck Creek Festival’s Duck Race and Burnside said that the money is already being put to use for the purchase of new equipment.

The Helena Huskies first football game will be Friday, August 21, against the Pelham Panthers in a rivalry exhibition game at Pelham High School.