Band of Braves prepares for the football season
Classic songs from a popular film soundtrack will be featured at halftime of Brownstown Central High School football games this season.
The Band of Braves opens with the cheerful “Mr. Blue Sky” from Electric Light Orchestra and features either “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes or ” Spirit in the Sky “by Norman Greenbaum as the drill crew, then ends with” Ain’t No Mountain High Enough “by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
These are among the songs from the soundtrack of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Group principal Richard Branaman said that by choosing the theme each year, he asks students what is fun and interesting to them. This year, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has been suggested.
He already had “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede and “I Want You Back” in his library, and he searched online for other songs from the movie and found “Spirit in the Sky” which is a very good song. special for him.
“A kid I dated in high school who loved rock and roll,” Branaman said. “He died way too young. He had just graduated from college and he was teaching English in Medora with me, we ended up in the same place and he had cancer. They played it at his funeral and tore us apart, but it was so him. Even my wife, who didn’t know him very well, she said to me: ‘It’s so him.’ He was very strong in his faith. “
This song matches the opening because they are both happy and upbeat songs, he said.
“I’m a huge fan of ELO, and have been since I was in college when you first started listening to their music,” Branaman said. “This song is so contagious and happy. All of my boys liked this song. When it comes along they all start singing. It was like ‘Oh, this must be on our show.'”
As there are five home football games this season, an extra drill squad was needed, so the song will be different every night.
Choosing the closest, he spoke to Angela Blann, sponsor of the drill crew, and they both agreed to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
Even the song the band will play as they walk the field for the pre-game, Ludwig Göransson’s “The Mandalorian” from the popular Disney Plus series, fits the theme.
This year’s drum majors, junior Madison Edwards and sophomore Quincy Weddell, are thrilled with the theme.
“It brings back that classic rock theme that you don’t usually hear anymore,” Weddell said.
“These are older songs so I would sit in the car and my parents would play on the radio and it was like, ‘These are the songs that they always played,” said Edwards. “I think they’re cool to play because the other people in the stands will definitely recognize them. I think they’re easier to recognize for everyone than for our generation.”
Both are first-year drum majors and attended a camp earlier this summer to help them get ready to lead the 23-member group.
“I was really hoping that the Drum Major Camp would bring them together, bind them together so that they could be a strong, united leadership, and I think the two became much stronger friends,” Branaman said. “They work together at the pool too, they spent a lot of time together so they’re fun to watch, good workers.”
The drum majors both said it was an adjustment from playing an instrument to conducting.
“It’s a big change from the drummer, I’ll tell you that,” Weddell said with a smile. “As a bass player I was calmer and kinda just with people, and now that I’m walking alone and just have (Edwards) it’s kinda weird not to be in training with all these other people. “
Edwards expected a senior to be a drum major this year, so she was surprised when she was selected for the role.
“It was definitely a big step forward because I didn’t expect to have to do everything myself this year,” she said. “But I’m really excited because last year it was COVID, we had all the masks and everything, and now everyone can just go out and have fun.”
In one look
The Brownstown Central High School Band of Braves and Exercise Team will perform at home on August 20, September 10 and 17, and October 1 and 8.
The group is led by Richard Branaman. Drum majors are Madison Edwards junior and Quincy Weddell. The sponsor of the drilling team is Angela Blann.
The band has 23 members and the drilling team has nine.