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Video Game Medley Highlights Band’s Indoor Show

The Alma College Pipe Band and Winter Guard join the Kiltie Marching Band for the annual indoor show performance.

<em>From 2015: The Kiltie March Band performs in costume.</em> From 2015: The Kiltie March Band performs in costume.

With student musicians in full costume, the Alma College Kiltie Marching Band will perform themes from various Nintendo video games during its annual indoor show.

Joining the marching band will be the Alma College Pipe Band and Winter Guard for performances at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Remick Heritage Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

The 99-member Kiltie Marching Band will play its standard pregame music, plus the music from its 2016 halftime show “Gravity” and “Nintendo! A Medley Through the Ages.”

The Nintendo themes come from Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong Country and several more. The piece was arranged by Kentwood senior Aaron Krause. The band is under the direction of David Zerbe.

“I chose this music because it was always with me growing up,” says Krause. “The more video games I played, the more that I realized what impressive music it was. This music needs to be heard by everyone, and I am excited about how fantastic the musicians are doing with it.”

Zerbe adds, “I’ve been really impressed with the band the entire fall season. Our first outdoor show was top-notch, and I expect the same from the indoor performances. I’m very interested to see what the students come up with for costumes for this year, as I know it will be fun.”

The 19-member Pipe Band, led by Andrew Duncan, features eight pipers and 11 drummers. The group will perform three musical selections, including a competition piece and “The Wee Spree,” a piobaireachd-style of music unique to the bagpipes.

The 15-member color guard, led by Malsiha McNabb, will perform with the band as well as solos, duets and a preview of the team’s winter guard production.

Story published on November 07, 2016