The Caldwell County Band of Pride brings Titanic's "fateful voyage" to life with this year's performance of "The Unsinkable."
"The show captures the story of the Titanic and the feelings one might expect as a passenger," said Starr Mullen Brewer, Caldwell County Band Boosters president.
"The dedication that the students and staff in this program have is amazing. Most people don't realize the extent of the preparation for one marching band show."
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion is featured in the performance.
Band director Daniel Thomas, assistant director Mason Henry and other staff members began the creative process in the spring. Students began practicing at band camp in mid-July.
"It is amazing to me the amount of hours that go into preparing one 15-minute show," Brewer said. "I truly admire the dedication these children and staff have."
There are 49 marching members in the 2019 Band of Pride. Each year the band competes in four to five competitions before the regional competition.
"The Band of Pride has seen a steady increase in overall scores this season," Brewer said. "Their highest placement was second in their class at the McLean County Green River Marching Festival on Sept. 28."
Brewer said the band struggled at times last year during competitions, but has gotten some seasoning and learned from its mistakes.
"We've made some improvements in those areas and the program is committed to pushing through," Brewer said.
Along with competitions, the Band of Pride enjoys playing on the home field.
"The energy that is in place when the band takes the field at halftime is indescribable," Brewer said.
"The students have received a lot of positive feedback from the crowds and community in general."
Mandi Wallace, a senior and member of the Band of Pride, has been in the marching band for six years, having started in seventh grade. She is currently the field commander, conducting and leading the band.
She said the band's performances have been consistent, and they are working on breaking up negativity.
"My favorite thing about the season has been seeing everyone be so happy about winning more and getting more trophies," Wallace said.
Band members have been proud of what they've accomplished so far. "I hope we make it past regionals because everyone needs to realize that they can do so much more than they think that they can," Wallace said.
She wished everyone luck throughout the rest of the season.
"We're all just so close and we're with each other so much, it's like a family that I can go to when I need it," Wallace said.
The Caldwell County Band of Pride will host its third annual mattress sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 inside the Butler gym. The gym will be turned into a showroom with more than 25 new, factory warranted models on display.
Financing options and delivery are available. The sale is a band fundraiser.