Mu­sic on the Move marches back

March­ing band com­pe­ti­tion re­turns Mon­day to Ben­tonville

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DAVE PEROZEK

BEN­TONVILLE — Tim Hen­drix, band di­rec­tor at Ben­tonville High School, sees the an­nual Mu­sic on the Move show as a great ex­pe­ri­ence for any­body, but es­pe­cially his stu­dents.

“The best thing is, it ex­poses our stu­dents to the high level of per­for­mance,” Hen­drix said. “The peo­ple who play at these things are lit­er­ally the most tal­ented mu­si­cians in the coun­try.”

Mu­sic on the Move, a march­ing com­pe­ti­tion put on by Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional, re­turns to Ben­tonville High School’s Tiger Sta­dium for a show at 7:30 p.m. Mon­day. Eight bands will com­pete.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets will be avail­able at the gate

for $27. Re­served seats are $37. Pro­ceeds go to the Ben­tonville Band Boost­ers.

The corps con­sists of high school and col­lege stu­dents from across the coun­try. More than 8,000 stu­dents au­di­tion each year for the fewer than 3,500 po­si­tions avail­able in top-tier mem­ber corps, ac­cord­ing to Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional’s web­site.

Among those par­tic­i­pat­ing Mon­day will be Byron Marciniak, a 2014 Ben­tonville High School grad­u­ate and for­mer Ben­tonville Pride March­ing Band mem­ber.

Marciniak, a ju­nior at the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will be play­ing with the Carolina Crown corps, said Dan Fogle­man, co-chair­man for public­ity and pub­lic re­la­tions with the Ben­tonville Band Boost­ers.

Other corps com­pet­ing will be the Bos­ton Cru­saders, Cross­men, Jersey Surf, Madi­son Scouts, Pi­o­neer, Spirit of At­lanta and The Academy.

Mu­sic on the Move is the booster club’s big­gest fundraiser of the year. About 3,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend. Hen­drix es­ti­mated the event brought in $14,000 last year.

“It takes months to pre­pare for this,” Hen­drix said. “The pub­lic sees a few hours of en­ter­tain­ment, but be­hind the scenes, the boost­ers work re­ally hard.”

Fogle­man said the booster club wants corps mem­bers to have a suc­cess­ful, en­joy­able stay. Many will be vis­it­ing North­west Arkansas for the first time, so it’s a chance to show­case the area to them as well.

Abby Rus­sell, a booster club vice pres­i­dent, said the club does ev­ery­thing from book­ing ho­tels for judges to di­rect­ing traf­fic at the event. Ben­tonville band stu­dents

Among those par­tic­i­pat­ing Mon­day will be Byron Marciniak, a 2014 Ben­tonville High School grad­u­ate and for­mer Ben­tonville Pride March­ing Band mem­ber.

will vol­un­teer at the event as well, she said.

Rus­sell, who has a child in Ben­tonville’s band, said see­ing Mu­sic on the Move is in­spir­ing to the stu­dents.

“I be­lieve it sparks some­thing in them to do bet­ter,” she said. “These are the elite bands they’re watch­ing. I think it gives them some­thing big­ger to shoot for.”

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/FILE PHOTO

Drum Corps mem­bers from Mu­sic City of Nash­ville, Tenn., per­form dur­ing July 2015’s North­west Arkansas Mu­sic on the Move event at Ben­tonville High School. The event was part of the 2015 Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional Tour fea­tur­ing the best drum corps from across the coun­try.

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