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Director says Marching Commodores project better than last year

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

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LEOPOLD – “Bigger, faster, better and stronger” are movements in this year’s Perry Central Marching Commodores show, “The Next Best Thing,” Music Director Andrea Clark said.

It includes “original music composed just for our group,” she explained. It has some melodies from a song by Daft Punk, a French electronic duo. “It’s got little pieces of their song, but it doesn’t sound like the exact song they do,” Clark said.

“The next best thing” is always supposed to be bigger, faster, better and stronger,” Clark noted, “so that’s how we came up with the title.”

The show was written by Luke Aylsworth and Stan Phillips of Hober-Reber Productions. Aylsworth is director of bands for Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School in French Lick. According to information posted at his company’s website, his bands have placed in the top five at Indiana State Music Association state marching-band finals since 2006, including three state-championship runner-up finishes. He was named director of the year in 2006 and Springs Valley’s was named Indiana marching band of the year in 2009.

Phillips has been writing and arranging marching band shows and music for over 10 years, according to the site. He has been heavily involved with drum corps since the age of 16, and has performed with Carolina Crown and the Blue Devils before aging out.

Thirty-two performers comprise this year’s Commodores troupe, “and we’ve started a drum line this year … it’s been four or five years since they had a drum line,” so the entire line is new, Clark said.

“So far, I’d say we’re definitely further ahead than we were last year at this time,” the director said Friday. We have the first three movements on the field. We still have a lot of cleaning to do. We know the Movement 4 music, but we haven’t learned any of the drill for Movement 4. We’re still young, but we’re a little older than we were last year, so that helps. We have eight seniors, and that helps a lot, too.”

She said from the beginning of last season that group was young, with one-quarter of its 32 members being seventh-graders. A result of that youth was a reluctance to really project their music, she said then.

“They’re playing out a lot more than they were last year, already, so that’s definitely a positive thing,” she said Friday. “They’re a lot more confident than they were last year.”

Their first public performance was to be at halftime of a football game Friday. Their first competition will be at a preview contest at Crawford County Sept. 6.