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Life in the Norwalk Marching Band

Students share their stories
Olivia Bussanmas
Marching band director Benjamin McCartney (left) makes sure everyone is in the right spot as Gracie Smith (left) and Brianna Havick watch on Sept. 28 at the marching band practice field, behind Norwalk High School. During marching band season, the marching band practices starting at 7:30 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

From halftime shows to regional competitions, the Norwalk Marching Band bangs the drum – and other instruments as well – on behalf of Norwalk High School.

“One of the most fun things is competitions,” said trombonist Kyle Erickson. “Competition is a really good way to compete against other schools as well as show other schools what you’re capable of and also just see other schools and what shows they have.”

Keegan Johnson, alto saxophonist, a junior at Norwalk High School, said he has been a part of the marching band since middle school.

“I guess 8th grade year, they had their own marching band that did one show, so I guess 8th grade was my first experience,” he said.

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Johnson said he first got involved with marching band because it is required if you are a part of concert band.

“It’s pretty fun, I’d say,” he said. “It’s not too bad. It’s not a lot of work. You just gotta show up early at school for practice.”

The marching band show this year was called “Kings of Keys.” It featured songs by popular musicians like Elton John, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder.

Erickson, who is a senior at Norwalk High School, said he has been a part of the marching band since his freshman year.

“It’s definitely more of a mental perspective on marching band,” he said. “You have to be mentally locked in. I think if you aren’t locked, you can’t march and play and be in sync with everyone. Be mentally locked in what you’re doing and you should be fine.”

Erickson said he’s made lots of friends through marching band. He said it’s an activity that requires a lot of focus.

The Norwalk Marching Band went to three competitions this year, the most recent one being at Waukee High School.

“Puting what you worked so hard for on the field in performing in front of people is the most fun thing about marching band,” Erickson said. “Watching other people’s shows at Waukee was fun and also meeting new people there.”

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Dulguun Batzaya is a senior at Norwalk High School and foreign exchange student with the FLEX exchange program. This is his first year in journalism class, but he is already proving his aptitude in the subject. Being an active member in the school, he is involved in student council, volunteering, and being a cornerback for the JV-Football team. In his free time, Dulguun practices his six-string guitar. Something he aspires to do is pursue a career in Diplomacy and International-Relations. “I was just interested in challenging myself, and learning how it is to spread news to people,” he said.
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