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From his IL roots, a Texas director heads to Macy’s

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 7) — Having traveled to Pasadena in January for the Rose Parade and anticipating a trip to Manhattan for the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ronald Reagan High School here brings a marching band to a home football game at Heroes Stadium, one of the newest and biggest high school stadiums in Texas.


The Reagan Band performs at halftime (all photos: Voxitatis)

Before Reagan’s band took the field, the group from the opposing school, Steele, presented a halftime show entitled “The Daily Grind.”


Steele’s band is directed by Miguel Martinez

Shortly after Steele’s show, the grand champion of the 2017 Texas Marching Classic came onto the field behind dancers from the school’s award-winning squad.


Performance by Reagan’s dancers

Following the short dance performance, band director Dan Morrison, a graduate of Prospect High School in Mt Prospect, Illinois, and the University of Illinois, along with the band’s drum majors, captains, and students, woke from their pre-show slumber.


Reagan’s show began with performers lying down, arranged in “loops” on the field.

Their performance was a segment of their 2018 competitive show, entitled “Loop.” It’s based on the music of Baroque composer JS Bach. Following their wake-up scene, the intensity built and never let down, given an entire field full of marchers and auxiliary units.

The closing movement led to the middle of the field, with a powerful and concentrated push, following a sweeping coda, with flags encircling groups of marchers.

The Prospect Knights, Mr Morrison’s high school, perform Saturday at the Lake Park Lancer Joust. The Knights marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2016.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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