Marching Band Adjusts to New Director
Heritage band students have had an ever-changing past four years. With Mr. Kevin Keena as Band Director until 2013, Mr. Jeff Helms from 2013 until 2015 and Mr. Garren Cuthrell starting this year, the program has been adjusting to leadership changes.
Over the summer, Cuthrell contacted many students and parents to find new members; and as a result, the band has grown from about 30 members to 65 members.
Despite being only a month into the season, both returning and new students are already noticing distinct differences. Not only are there more rehearsals, but those rehearsals have a very different feel to them.
“Rehearsals start faster, and when they start, everyone has a positive and focused attitude,” says drum major Nick Marquez ’16.
While students will miss Helms and his staff, they have learned to love the program under Cuthrell.
“Mr. Cuthrell is very relatable and enjoyable,” states Juli Cox ’16. “He knows how to make band fun while still being productive.”
The changes haven’t been easy. The band is working harder than ever, with around 15 hours of rehearsal or performance every week. With an entirely new staff, new exercises and new expectations, this year is bound to be significantly different.
“It’s been an incredible amount of change in a short period of time,” says Cuthrell. “People are attached to familiarity. The changes are for the good, but it’s still hard.”
The band has competed twice so far this season: Western Welcome Week parade and Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, where they placed second out of three 5A bands. Their show “A Twisted Heart” can be seen at half-time at any home football game this season.by
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