On Saturday afternoon, the Friends of Auburn Music Education (FAME) sponsored a Fall Marching Band Preview Show at Auburn High School. The event was coordinated by the Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association, and bands from David Prouty, Narragansett, South Hadley and Auburn performed.

Immediately after each performance, judges went down to the field and worked with the musicians and field performers to improve techniques and visual appeal. Each group also received a detailed critique for future improvements.

AHS Band Director Ginny Bailey told Auburn Mass Daily, “MICCA holds preview shows to help bands get feedback on their program- mostly to see what reads well and what doesn’t really work visually or musically. There are no awards but a participation plaque is given to each band- It was our first time doing one and I really enjoyed it- the clinic was extremely beneficial. Usually you get the ‘tapes’ and staff have 2 minutes in critique with each judge while the students are receiving awards/rankings. This was nice because the kids got to hear first hand from the judges what they can do to make their show better. We have lots of ideas about how we can work this week to improve- Our first ranked MICCA show will be at Shepherd Hill on Oct. 12. The next weekend we will be at NESBA which is a super competitive, ranked and placed circuit. Hopefully it’s a good experience for us!”

The Rocket Marching Band has a new program called “The Rise and Fall of Rome” complete with faux stone columns on the field and some great music by Key Poulan. “Chisels and Stone” “Catacombs” and “Pagan Dance and the Great Fire” were well performed with an outstanding color guard providing visual interest.

Be sure to catch the AHS Marching Band at a future football game or other event. As Bailey has said, “They are small but powerful.”​