Hungry and preparing for flight.
The 2011 Marching Knights' show is called Flite of Spring. Band director Bob Medworth said the show will be based on Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."
"The show starts out with a 'migration' effect to set the mood," Medworth said. "After the opening fanfare, the music is a little dark and agitated to represent the challenges that face wildlife in the spring as they set up their new homes, move to summer hunting grounds, etc."
Medworth said utilizing Stravinsky is something the Marching Knights have not done in the past.
"Stravinsky is certainly a style of music that is not normal for us," he said. "For those people who might be expecting a Broadway musical, this will be a little bit of a challenge to the ears.
"But as the program grows each year, it is also appropriate for us to challenge ourselves and the students. Being willing to step out of your comfort zone is a good thing."
Medworth said the music for the 2011 show is difficult, but based on early performances at high school football games, the 110-plus marching unit are working their way through it quite well.
In regard to past shows, Medworth said he's not sure if there's much difference between this year's routine or the others, but admitted the degree of difficulty is much harder.
"I think the emphasis is still the same," he said. "Give the kids a show that is challenging and yet fun, to perform and hopefully fun and engaging for the audience and judging community."
Heading into the 2011 season, Medworth said the Marching Knights have one goal.
The goal is simple: Be good.
"We do not set goals of winning this or that," he said. "We only talk about being as good as we can possibly be and working hard while having fun."
He added discussion of the primary goal with the marchers isn't necessary.
"It's just part of the daily process," he said. "Show up, work hard, get better and be able to give a better performance of the material than you could when the rehearsal started."
Heading into the 2011 campaign, Medworth said the Marching Knights have approximately three-fourths of the show completed.
In addition to the 110-plus musicians, the Marching Knights will feature 40-plus guard members. The band will be led on the field by Drum Major Rachel Reese.