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.

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Champlin Park’s Marching Rebels opened their field show performance with a graveyard scene as they gave their interpretation of the “Godfather” story. Photos by Sue Austreng The Blaine Marching Bengals presented “Throughout the Night,” featuring music they felt is evocative of the excitement, fear and mystery of the darkness. Using movements depicting a journey at sea, “Distant Tides” was performed by the Andover Marching Huskies. The Valley High School Marchmasters traveled from Des Moines, Iowa, to Goodrich Field in Anoka for the Oct. 5 field show competition there and presented their show, “Legends of the Emerald Isle.” With their performance, “Gladiator,” the Class AAA Eden Prairie Marching Eagles took home top honors in the Oct. 5 field show hosted at Goodrich Field by Anoka High School’s Marching Tornadoes. Marching Tornadoes put music in motion as woodwinds and brass converge at center field. Under the direction of drum major Sam Emerson, the Marching Tornadoes present “Deja Vu,” an exhibition piece performed during the field show hosted by the band Oct. 5. The Marching Tornadoes swirl around the 50-yard line while performing an exhibition piece during the Oct. 5 field show at Goodrich Field.
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The Valley High School Marchmasters traveled from Des Moines, Iowa, to Goodrich Field in Anoka for the Oct. 5 field show competition there and presented their show, “Legends of the Emerald Isle.”