LAURINBURG — Executing oft-rehearsed patterns over the fresh paint on the Pate Stadium field, the Scotland High School marching band fine-tuned segments of its fall 2015 show in preparation for a performance tonight at the Fighting Scots’ first home football game.
Working through obstacles of slick grass and sunny glare on Thursday, band members responded to director Britton Goodwin’s exhortations to “make that energy work” and corrections when, from a vantage point at the top of the stands, only half the trumpet section was audible.
Though the entire show, titled “Around the World,” will not be prepped for performance until a late September competition at Pinecrest High School, the band will premiere sections of it tonight, including a sampling of a Russian dance from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Spanish flamenco music, and of course “Scotland the Brave.”
“It gets interesting trying to come up with more ways to use our Scottish heritage, but it’s hard to let that go, especially when you’re wearing kilts and you have kids that can play bagpipes,” Goodwin said.
A patriotic performance a home game next month also promises to be a season highlight, as the Scotland High and Jack Britt bands perform in commemoration of Sept. 11.
Goodwin has noted a steady increase in the marching band’s participation over the last three years, growing from 85 in 2012 to around 120 this year.
The show also features music inspired by Asia and the Middle East, as the band leads football fans on an international voyage of sound. The show casts the Scotland High color guard in the role of tour guides, from arranging suitcases to enveloping themselves in their flags during the show’s Spanish portion.
“There are some things it’s just hard to do in the kilts. For instance, let’s say I wanted to do all Spanish music,” said Goodwin. “It’s hard to do that in the kilt, but doing something like Around the World enables us to get away with that and we can play all these different genres of music from different countries. That end, when we go home to Scotland, ties it in.”
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.