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Belton marching band preparing for upcoming season

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 16:31:37-04

With the new school year approaching, the marching band at Belton High School is working hard to get ready for Friday night lights. 

From 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., the nearly 240 students are working tirelessly to prepare for the new school year. 

Although knowing your instrument is a big part of being in the band, the students said that knowing the basics of marching and teamwork is just as important.

“I feel that our rehearsals are at a much faster pace now and really everybody in the group has such a huge urge to learn and to grow as a group,” Head drum major Riley Jones said. “To really advance, much more than we have in the past. I think that’s really what's going to bring this group over the top in the future.”

The students said they are excited to get out there and show people that all the hard work they’ve made is paying off.

Those around the band said they’re proud of the group. 

“They’re talented from the get-go, just because they show up at 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. during the summer you know,” Director of Bands Ed Stein said. “The rest of the students are at home in bed and these students are out here working really hard. So, it’s hard not to be pleased and proud of them.”

The Marching 100 is set to compete in five marching competitions this year, including two Bands-of-America competitions, which they competed in for the first time last year.

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