Las Cruces Magazine

Fall/Winter 2015-16

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Music Scene Bands Showcase the Art and Spirit of Music BAND U P T H E STRIKE At many high school sporting events, the band, with their bright- ly colored uniforms and their gleaming instruments, are doing much more than providing background music. They get the crowd pepped up and on their feet and, at halftime, they entertain with visually impres- sive marching formations. Yet even when performing at athletic events, the band students are all the while practicing their marches, honing their skills, and perfecting their techniques because they are involved in competitions of their own for most of the year. Las Cruces's four public high school bands are teeming with pride, success, and school spirit. Film producer Katrina Marquez followed the marching bands for almost a year while filming the documentary Halftime Highlights and she found herself beyond impressed. "It was exciting to watch them learn the fundamentals and basics in summer camp and then see them progress throughout the year," she remembers. "From the beginning to the end, it was amazing to see how much time they put in and how much their skills improved because of their dedication." Written by Nicky Pessaroff Photos cour tesy NMSU Band Office and David Monjaras for Halftime Highlights |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Fall/Winter Edition 2015-16 I 85

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