The Arundel High School marching band and color guard are hoping to emerge from a sweltering summer camp with a bigger and more original sound.
About 70 musicians are gearing up for the fall season, which will include the annual Wildcat Spectacular Tournament of Bands and an appearance at the national championships at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Of course, the band also will be a fixture at all Arundel High home football games, where spectators can see a completely original halftime show.
Arundel Music Director Ian Burns said this year’s show will be based on the concept of time, and will feature original music inspired by popular movie composer Hans Zimmer. It’s a bit of a departure from past years, when the band performed shows based on more tangible themes, including pirates and ninjas.
“When I first heard the idea, I was like ‘Time? Wow, that’s really interesting,'” said band student President and flautist Amanda Hautmann. “It’s different than past years, but I think it will be a very good finished product.”
Burns, who joined the Arundel music program in 2010, has been working to grow the band’s membership and give it a bigger, bolder sound that pays off in competition. The band has increased its number each of the past three years.
“We’re definitely getting stronger,” he said. “You’ll hear it the moment everyone starts to play.”
Senior drum major Austin Olsen said the band’s strength will come from its experience.
“We have a lot of seniors that have been doing this,” he said. “We have experience, and have been using that experience to play hard and play loud.”
This year, the Arundel band has joined the USBands circuit after previously performing as part of the Tournament of Bands. This will allow the band to take part in the national championships in November at MetLife Stadium, the home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants.
The band also is set to host the Wildcat Spectacular on Sept. 29, with 10 bands scheduled to perform.
The band will make its home debut on Sept. 7 during the football game against Northeast High.