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ELC band’s success is no ‘phantom’

45-member group receives top rating at state competition

October 18, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came,

that voice which calls to me,

and speaks my name.

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The Estherville Lincoln Central Marching Band completed the state competition in Fort Dodge with a Superior rating on Saturday, Oct. 12.
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And do I dream again? For now I find

the phantom of the opera is there

inside my mind.

Opening lyrics to Phantom of the Opera title song

The Estherville Lincoln Central Marching Band impressed on the minds of judges their "Phantom of the Opera" performance at various competitions this 2013 marching band season.

Under the direction of Laura Giebler, the 45-member band most recently received a Superior I rating at the State Marching Band Contest in Fort Dodge.

Giebler said ELC received 71.6 points. A band requires at least 68 points to receive a Superior I rating.

The band has had a busy three weeks. Two weeks ago on Oct. 5, the band received third-place in Class 2A at Algona Band Days. Of the 16 bands at the event, ELC placed eighth overall.

On Sept. 28 at the North Central Marching Band competition, ELC received first in Class 2A (out of five schools) and sixth overall-an event which included bands from 3A and 4A schools.

ELC's 2013 routine includes four songs starting with the title song from Phantom of the Opera then "Wishing You were Somehow Here Again," "Masquerade" and "Music of the Night."

"Wishing" features Calvin Lynch on flugelhorn and Becca Lair with a dance solo. "Music of the Night features Colton Christensen with a trumpet solo and Laie and Bridget Finley in a dance duet.

Asked her favorite part of the program, Giebler said, "Masquerade." She also named it as the toughest song for the band to perform.

"It's definitely the hardest song with the tempo and meter changes," she said. "We've never marched in 3/4 time."

She explained that the three beats makes it a challenge for the marches.

"This year I wanted to challenge the kids so I picked a song with that tempo," Giebler said. "'Masquerade" also included a high step and different types of marching.

The director said that the judges indicated the band members generally did everything well.

But she said the color guard particularly received praise.

Both the color guard and percussion earned second place at the Algona competition.

With every new season, the incoming members have the most to learn.

"It was fun watching the new members improve from week to week," Giebler said.

One of the highest compliments came from one of the judges at the State Marching Band Competition.

"This band is on the cusp of being over-the-top good," he said. "You have the right fundamentals and just need to strengthen them and be a little stronger."



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