On Friday, November 1, 2019, the Dillon Marching Cats hosted Band Night 2019. The purpose of Band Night is to recognize our senior band students and also give current 8th grade band students a chance to see what it’s like to participate with The Marching Cats. This was a two day event that culminated with a halftime performance at the last regular season home football game.
On Thursday, October 31, 2019, several 8th grade band students from Dillon Middle and a few non marchers from the high school, participated in an afternoon rehearsal with The Marching Cats. They learned 3 stand tunes and the Star Spangled Banner along with a few marching techniques. After the rehearsal, all of the students and parents ate dinner and fellowshipped together. The dinner was donated by Brandi’s Banquet Hall.
At the game, band night participants performed the Star Spangled Banner and a few selections with The Marching Cats in the stands during the first half. This was awesome but the best was yet to come. HALFTIME!
Halftime started with senior trombonist and section leader, Brandon Bethea, being publicly sworn in to join the United States Army. The halftime show immediately followed and featured Jamont McRae II, a senior saxophonist and woodwind captain, as a soloist on a familiar gospel tune. Towards the end of the show each band senior was recognized for their dedication to the marching band. For the grand finale, the Band Night Participants joined with The Marching Cats to perform a fan favorite and close out the show. If you missed it, you miss something amazing.
The future is very bright. As the saying goes, Music is Life, and Life is Good.