Band Camp getting members ‘ahead of the curb’

Photos by Michaela Miller Darrell Dixon, Band Director at Knox Central, leads the band on practice at their summer band camp.
Photos by Michaela Miller
Darrell Dixon, Band Director at Knox Central, leads the band on practice at their summer band camp.

As summer comes to a close, athletes begin working extra hard for the upcoming fall season, and that goes for the Knox Central band as well.

The Knox Central band has been filling the empty halls of KC with music this summer in preparation to take the field. Band Camp has been going on for the past week, and students have been playing from early in the morning to the evening.

“The kids are ahead of the curb right now as far as reading the music, and it’s sounding pretty good,” said Darrell Dixon, Band Director at KC. “What we need to work on is memorization, because everything has to be memorized on the field.”

The show the band has been working on is “Phantom of the Opera” and the students have been learning it piece by piece.

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“This has been our first full week of camp, and the kids are really sounding great. We are taking snippets from Phantom of the Opera and so far we have learned the first part,” said Dixon. “During these few weeks we are going to make sure we perfect this performance.”

Knox Central’s band has a total of 30 students so far, and hopefully there will be more to come.

“There has been a huge improvement in the work ethic this year,” said James Partin, Assistant Band Director at KC. “I’d like to see them bring home some trophies this year, they have the tools to do it with, and I want to see it happen.”

The band will have to give it their all on and off KC’s field as they will be competing in four competitions this year.

KC students Jacob Mitchell and Cody Saylor play the drums during practice.
KC students Jacob Mitchell and Cody Saylor play the drums during practice.

“They will be competing at North Laurel, South Laurel, Hazard and Corbin this year,” said Elizabeth Partin, Art Instructor. “I want to see them grow; to take that next step and compete at away games and be proud of what they’re doing.”