Marching Hornet Pride brings ‘British Invasion’ to Chelsea

Published 11:29 am Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CHELSEA – The Chelsea High School Marching Hornet Pride Band has spent the past few weeks developing and practicing its halftime show for the 2017-18 school year.

According to ChHS band director Perry Lawley, band camp spans three and a half weeks. It started on July 13 and ended on Aug. 3. Practice times and locations varied from day to day.

This year’s show’s theme is “British Invasion.” Lawley said “British Invasion” will feature a fanfare on “God Save the Queen,” a medley of Beatles songs “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” the Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” “Your Song” by Elton John and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

Lawley referred to choosing the show’s theme as a “fairly unscientific process.”

“It’s all British rock music,” Lawley said. “We sort of started with wanting our show to go through the decades and we had some tunes in mind. It morphed from there.”

Lawley said the show will be featured at the halftime show of every ChHS football game, two competitions and the Shelby County Showcase of Bands. Lawley expressed his appreciation for the band members and said he looks forward to working with them throughout the year.

“The students always work hard. They’re a very visible entity of the school, and they take pride in that,” Lawley said. “It’s not about winning every time. It’s about them improving week by week and doing their best.”

Lawley also thanked the band parents, school administrators and the Chelsea community for their continuous support for the band.

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