The Trooper Band rolls out new show

After working hard since July, the Trooper marching band presents their new show PHE.NOM.E.NON2. The show includes three movements. The first one is Area 51, which is based on the United States Air Force Base in southern Nevada. Following that is Atlantis, the ancient island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Concluding their show is The Carnac Stones, inspired by the standing stone sites in Carnac, France. The show is a sequel to their 2011 show Phenomenon.

Band Director Brian Andrade commented on this year's season so far. "I think for the most part the band is good. At one point coming into the year, we were ahead on the show more than we ever have been at that point in the year, which gave us the opportunity to clean."

The band practices from 6 A.M. to 8 A.M. everyday, and Mondays from 6:30-8:30 P.M. just to learn and perfect this challenging drill.

Freshman baritone player Aaron Ochoa said, "It's good that I learned such a hard drill for my first year. The games are fun."

Senior French horn player Brian Matthews added, "This year's show is actually really good. The third movement is coming along well. All the freshmen are doing really well so during competition I expect to be top 5 in everything. For Area, our goals are to go to state, but who knows? We just need to keep working on getting better everyday and make the show the very best that it can be."

The band's first competition was the El Paso Independent School District Contest this past Saturday at Bowie High School. They received straight ones on a scale of one through five, with one being the superior rating, from all of the three judges. Upcoming competitions include the UIL Regional Contest on October 11, the SISD Marchfest on October 18, and the UIL Area Contest on October 25, all at the Socorro Student Activities Complex.