The Best in the Land, Marching Rockets!
By Gracie Minton
On January 28th, the Marching Rockets from Clermont Northeastern visited Elder High School to attend a band competition, and they sure did impress. Schools from both Clermont and Hamilton counties attended this competition, leaving the Rockets with a challenge.
This was a challenge that the Clermont Northeastern Marching Rockets overcame with tremendous scores from the judges at the event. Each family of instruments in the band either scored a one or a two on their performance, which is good, since the competition does not score “first” or “second” place. The scoring at the competition involves achieving a rating from one to five, a one being the best and a five being the worst. According to these scores, the Rockets hard work really payed off in the end!
Their band director Mr. Moore was very proud of the band saying, “They did great. They did what I wanted them to do, and they’ve learned a lot.” The best part of the competition in his opinion was, “seeing all the students rewarded for their hard work.” During his years of being the band director the band has changed a great deal, including the way the band follows Mr. Moore’s “vision,” which keeps everyone on track. Something else that's changed is the band’s size; it’s almost four times bigger. To help manage the Marching Rockets, some important people help, including assistant Josh Pritchard, color guard instructor, Jenny Poe, and chorus teacher Mrs. Blasing. Every person in the band, whether a student or adult, sure puts in a lot of work!
One member who works hard is Mathew Caudill, a junior in percussion. Mathew plays snare and tambourine. His favorite part of the competition was his group “being judged and scoring a one.” The competition was nerve wracking for Mathew because he has never been judged, but he has worked hard ever since he was 6 years old. Mathew loves the band, and especially his band director; he says, “Mr. Moore is the best teacher!”
Although the band did fantastic at the competition, there’s always room for improvement. Since the band is always playing upbeat songs for the sports and pep rallies, they aren’t used to delicate songs like they’ve played at the competition. Although they had a small struggle, they still came out with very good scores. Small challenges like these aren't a problem for the band. The Marching Rockets will work hard on improving and everyone will be cheering them on. They’ve definitely made a name for themselves, performing at places like Disney World and opening day parade for the Cincinnati Reds. The band has made it a long way, they've worked hard to get where they are.