Members of the Imperial Regiment are preparing for the first show of the 2011 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) marching band season.
Clay City will take part in the Franklin Central High School Invitational Saturday.
The Imperial Regiment's 2011 show, "Karnival," is different from recent shows the band has performed.
"The show is about a little girl that finds an old abandoned carnival," band director Mark Ziegler said. "She comes into the carnival and it comes to life. She is scared by the weirdness of the carnival and becomes mesmerized by the performers.
"By the end of the show, she is drawn into the carnival and becomes one of them."
Ziegler said musically, the show is based on concert band works by Edvard Grieg with some original compositions tossed in.
He added he is pleased with the marching aspect of this year's show.
"The show has some really great drill movement this year," he said. "It has really been fun for the band to learn."
Ziegler said he believes "Karnival" is more "theatrical" when compared to shows from recent seasons.
"Our show is more theatrical than previous years," he said. "We are also using more technology and props. We have a 52-foot circle tarp on the field to resemble a circus ring."
Ziegler said the Imperial Regiment is excited for the start of the season.
"(The show) is progressing very well," he said. "I feel we will be in a good position for our first competition. The kids love the show and are working hard."
He added the band will perform only two-thirds of the show this weekend.
"It is common that most bands will not have their entire show completed until several weeks into the season," he said. "We will be performing two of three parts for the first competitions. We have 52 drills charts taught with about 20 more to teach."
The Imperial Regiment has 36 members this year and will be led on the field by Drum Major Rebecca Beyers.
The band also conducted a community performance at the high school Friday.
Following Saturday's contest, Clay City will compete in Plainfield Saturday, Sept. 17.