The first two movements of “Visions,” the only ones on display at the September 2 football game hosting Apex, are composed by Aaron Copland (1900-1990).
Drum Major Betsy Unger, a senior, is satisfied with the performance’s reception– “It’s a crowd-pleaser,” she explained. “The crowd enjoyed [the show]… it’s upbeat and exciting.”
Erica Spear added, via Facebook, “The first movement is an exciting and engaging overture… the second movement is really light and pretty, like a chorale.” Unger also felt that the “American spirit” of Copland’s work epitomized the program’s theme.
A good performance, though, takes effort from everyone involved. “I’ve dealt with preparation,” said Unger; “it has required lots of hours through the summer… but we’ve been ahead of schedule. It’s lots of work.” Despite the burden of a new show, Spear feels that the work is a success and “a good fit for the band… it brings out our strong points.”
The complex on-field formations demonstrated by the band were impressive, and the first movement showed off the large, talented percussion unit in an celebration of America through music. The second movement revealed a well-coordinated Colorguard as well as an effective move to a more dramatic melody.
Gray Sotir, junior, said after the performance that “considering it’s the first performance…it was decent.” He felt that the band’s strengths were in “student leadership” and “percussion.” Sotir was very confident that “[the show] has tremendous potential.”
As marching season continues, the third movement of “Visions” will be unveiled.