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CCHS Imperial Regiment practices

Friday, August 26, 2011

Clay City Junior/Senior High School Imperial Regiment marching band students practice their percussion instruments during rehearsal Thursday evening in preparation for the upcoming musical show, "Karnival." Students pictured include freshman Samuel Beyers on vibraphone, seventh-grader Emily Stinson and sophomore Dani Tincher on marimba and eighth-grader Zach Waite on the xylophone. The Imperial Regiment is under the direction of Mark Ziegler, and percussion technician Joe Diko also trains the percussionists shown. [Order this photo]
Members of the Imperial Regiment, Clay City Junior/Senior High School marching band, are preparing for a musical show full of intensified fantasy.

The band will perform their 2011 show, "Karnival," for the first time for community members Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., before their competition at Franklin Central High School, Franklin, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 10.

"The show is about a haunted carnival that's been deserted," Imperial Regiment Band Director Mark Ziegler said. "A little girl goes into the carnival, and everything comes to life."

Ziegler added when the carnival props awaken, they start to interact with the lost child.

"During this time, the band members all wear face masks and are completely covered in black," Ziegler told The Brazil Times.

Eventually, the little girl makes friends with the personified props.

"After she befriends them, all the masks come off," Ziegler explained. "Later she is captured by the carnival and turns into one of them."

Some of the numbers planned have been specifically arranged for the Imperial Regiment.

The show includes, "Through the Dark and Sleepy Hallow" by John Morse as the show opener, as well as the ballad "March of the Trolls" and the ever-so-speedy "Song of the Mountain King," both by Edward Greig.

"By the end of the song, the students will be playing 176 beats per minute," Ziegler said.

"This year we have a really young band, and the majority of them are freshman, but we are still very competitive."

In addition, Ziegler said he really appreciates that some older students like senior drum major Rebecca Beyers have stepped up to help.

"She's doing an excellent job," Ziegler said. "She's brought the younger kids along without leaving them behind, and she's really integrated them."

The Imperial Regiment practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Clay City Imperial Regiment is currently taking shirt order forms.

The band program has had T-shirts and hoodies designed with its 2011 Indiana State School Music Association marching band show emblem on them.

All order forms and money are due at the school by Wednesday, Aug. 31., and checks should be made to the Clay City Band.

For further information, call 812-939-2154.

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