By Will Witry ‘19
Have you ever heard music around campus on Tuesday or Thursday?
How about the halftime show during Brother Rice football games?
If you have, then you’ve heard part of the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Competition Band’s 2018 show, Outcast.
Outcast tells the story of a baritone and color guard soloist who dare to be different. Over the course of the show, the rest of the band starts to change from all of them in uniform to dressing as unique individuals. It’s a far cry from the past two shows performed by the band. The 2016 show was about American tragedies while the 2017 show highlighted school pride. This year, unlike the last two, tells a story.
Baritone soloist Tony Delgadillo said, “I really like the show this year. I feel it’s a really true high school story; that there will always be an outcast.” This might be a possible reason for the show being more successful because it’s something the band can relate to their own lives.
“I know I’ve enjoyed the show more this year more than the past two,” said color guard captain Abigail Joiner, “It’s just a more enjoyable theme, Outcast, for a bunch of high schoolers.”
The show is about bringing people together through their differences, a lesson not so different from what marching band teaches.
“Marching really brings us all together because we’re all separate parts that come together to march this show as one,” said drumline section leader Robby Helme. “It’s like any team sport or activity. When we’re out on the field, despite our differences, we march as one.”
The Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Competition Band will compete at Lincoln-Way and Providence on Saturday, Oct. 13.