On November 4 the Knights Marching Band from Northwest Classen High School will travel to Lawton and compete at the Superior Marching Contest at Cameron Stadium. This will be the first time that Northwest Classen has competed in a Marching Contest. The band will perform their show that they have been diligently been working on this fall rain or shine (mostly rain), Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde.
The eight-minute show consists of a Drumline feature called, The Shocker, starting off the show followed by Façade the opening movement. The ballad is Once Upon a Dream, a solo is played by Matt May and a duet with Jonathan Lemus and Matt May, and ends with highly energetic Confrontation. Adding excitement to the show will be the new uniforms the band will be wearing.
Last Friday, on a cool night at historic Taft Stadium, the Knights Marching Band warmed up for the stiff performance schedule of the coming month. Northwest alumni, fans, students, staff and visitors from Duncan cheered for the vigorous halftime performance, featuring new marching maneuvers and steps by the steadily improving group. The marching band performance came just before ceremonies introduced the queen, king and “royal court” for the 2009 Homecoming.
Members of the band from freshman to senior will audition for the Central Oklahoma Band Directors Association Honor Band (CODA) and Oklahoma Music Education Association All-State Honor Band (OMEA) on November 7.
Also on November 14 the majority of the band will audition for All-City Honor Band (ACHB) at John Marshall High School and the members that make the Honor Band will perform January 15-16 at Douglas High School. The ACHB is a now restored Honor Band in which only Oklahoma City Public Schools can participate. There are eight high schools and eleven middle schools participating in the honor band auditions.
Additionally, a group of seniors from Northwest Classen have been chosen to participate in the All-Senior Honor Band November 21 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University on the Weatherford campus. These seniors are: Matt Whitebird, Tenor Sax; Jesse Becerra, Clarinet; Erica Settler, Flute; Edmond Rester, Flute; and Jonathan Lemus, Trumpet. They will also have the chance to audition for a scholarship on campus.
Note: Managing Editor Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report.