Music in Motion marches on Anoka’s Goodrich Field

After taking home all the best at a field show competition hosted by Marshall High School Sept. 21 (best drums, best percussion, best color guard, best visual performance, best brass, best woodwinds, best drum major, best music and best general effects), the Anoka High School Marching Tornadoes hosted Music in Motion at Goodrich Field Oct. 5.

As is customary at these events, the host band does not compete but performs an exhibition number after competing bands complete their performances.

And so, after field show performances by Andover, Blaine, Champlin Park, Eden Prairie and Valley (Des Moines, Iowa) high schools, the Marching Tornadoes took the field and performed “Deja Vu.”

Exploring visual and musical representations of the nagging feeling of repeating a moment in time, the Marching Tornadoes featured the music of Bernstein, Bjork, Muse, and Tchaikovsky during their field show exhibition.

In the Class A category of the Oct. 5 field show competition at Goodrich, Andover High School’s Marching Huskies took home first place, while Blaine’s Marching Bengals finished second.

Valley High School took home first place in  the Class AA category, while Champlin Park’s Marching Rebels was second.

Taking home the overall top honors in the field show competition, the Class AAA Eden Prairie Marching Eagles won outstanding color guard, outstanding drum major, outstanding winds and outstanding percussion for their production, “Gladiator.”

Using original compositions and arrangements of music from the film “Gladiator,” the Marching Eagles sought to embody with their performance the human imbalance between serenity and conflict.

High school marching band field show competitions take place on Saturdays from September through mid-October and are staged at various locations throughout the metro area.

Class A, AA, and AAA categories are designated based on number of marching band members.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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