Seeing the link to this year’s marching band tab at my alma mater reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to do for a while — check out IndianaMarching.com and see what’s what in this year’s moving-music season. I will not admit to an interest in the “sport,” per se, but after being sentenced to helping produce last year’s band tab, I will admit to being kinda-sorta interested in the mad spectacle of it all. And after seeing IU’s pathetic performance at the football game a few weeks ago, I can’t help but wonder: How can a state so marching-band-crazy filter down into a Big 10 band that still plays “Eye of the Tiger”?
Anyway, I looked up Homestead High, a reliable artistic and performance leader in northeast Indiana, to see if they’re still doing an out-there show. In previous years, their musical salute to Lizzie Borden was a big scorer, but last fall, “Sybill: The Art of Insanity” was a disappointment in state finals. I thought the show was way cool, but maybe the judges thought it was time for the drill teams to go back to smiling and twirling flags and knock off with pretending to be all crazy ‘n’ stuff.
But no. Steve Barber is still the Timbaland of marching; the show is “Gravity,” and features the drill team jumping around on trampolines and flags that don’t droop.
I still think this is a Sports Illustrated story, but what do I know?