With the last few strikes upon his bass drum, Aidin Slayton could only take but a moment to reflect upon an entire season and final performance he will undoubtedly carry with him for years to come.
Performing with his fellow members of the Belding High School Marching Band at Saturday’s Michigan Competing Bands Association State Finals in Flight V competition at Ford Field in Detroit, the 17-year-old senior wasn’t ready to see his final performance in black and orange come to an end.
Traveling 190 miles across the state on yellow school buses, leaving the small village of Howard City in the rear-view mirror as the Motor City skyline came into view Saturday afternoon, students from Tri County High School could hardly believe their eyes.
Belding band members relish opportunity to perform at return of Belding Invitational
Earlier this summer, at the conclusion of band camp, Belding High School senior Madison McMahon, 17, failed to keep herself composed.
The fact that her final band camp of her high school career had concluded was emotional enough, but following the coronavirus pandemic, which saw the Belding High School marching band’s 2020 season canceled, the drum line captain and tenor drum player couldn’t help but shed tears in a mixture of both sadness and joy.
Marching onto Rudness Field, staring briefly toward a silent crowd of spectators, Trenton Laskey, 17, could hardly believe his eyes as he saluted a booth of judges and turned to face his band, which was waiting patiently, nervously to perform.
The Tri County High School drum major, arms ready to conduct, had been long removed from such a day that includes competition of the likes of the Belding Invitational, which invites high school bands to perform in a Michigan Competitive Bands Association competition.
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As Kassidy Lake, 17, stepped onto the turf of Legacy Field on Monday morning, the high school senior’s heart was flooded with excitement and optimism.
With each step taken out onto the field, the color guard co-captain began to realize just how significant the first day of band camp was for herself and her high school peers.