By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — It’s almost time for Friday Night Lights, which means not only will there be the sound of pads clashing, but there will be musical entertainment as well — just as much anticipated as the game.
The Trinity Tiger Marching Band will take the field on Aug. 27 for the first performance of this year’s halftime show, and Team Captain and Senior Zoey Gray is looking forward to it.
This year, the band will play “Rise of the Phoenix,” a compilation of several classical pieces arranged by Doug Moore, Drum Major and fellow Senior Andi Hickman said.
Andi said the group started drills last week after two weeks of band camp, and will perform in front of a crowd at first home game on Aug. 27.
The two seniors believe the band will do extremely well this year.
“We have a very young band this year — about half of the band are sophomores or younger,” Andi said. “We have about eight juniors and seniors. The lower classmen have come along so much and I’m so proud of them. They’re amazing musicians that learn more and more every day.”
“I think our team is amazing, in all honesty,” Zoey said. “We get along like a family.”
As well as a positive feeling about the band’s prospects, both seniors say this season and school year will be bittersweet.
“I have a lot of friends; these people are my family,” Zoey said. “But I’m glad to be a senior because I get to move forward in life.”
Zoey said that after she graduates, it’s off to college to study veterinary science.
Andi will “hopefully” be going to Texas A&M to study neuroscience.
“I feel very content in my journey here, but it’s sad to leave the people I’ve been closest to for years,” she said.
Till then, the team leaders hope to advance as far as it can.
It’s our year to advance, so we will go to UIL,” Zoey said. “We will need an overall 1 rating to advance to area competition.”
I’d like to think we’d make area, but it depends on how the other bands perform, but I would love to get area before I move on,” Andi said. “We are double ahead of where we were last year. We just have to keep the work ethic up.”
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