Indoor Show Tops Off ‘Tremendous’ Marching Band Season

“This has been a tremendous season with top-notch shows from the start. The quality of the work ethic this year has been outstanding.” — Dave Zerbe

The Kiltie Marching Band The Kiltie Marching Band

The Alma College Kiltie Marching Band will conclude its 2017 fall season of halftime performances with the annual indoor show that also will feature the pipe band, drum line and winter guard.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 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.

“This has been a tremendous season with top-notch shows from the start,” says David Zerbe, director of bands at Alma College. “The quality of the work ethic this year has been outstanding. Drum majors Sarah Jacobs, Marissa Romano and Eli George really set the leadership tone.”

Pipe Band Pipe BandThe 88-member Kiltie Marching Band will play its standard pregame music, its 2017 halftime show “Born and Raised in South Detroit” and selections from Gustave Holst’s “The Planets.”

To set the late ’70s and early ’80s rock and roll vibe for the “Born and Raised in South Detroit” portion of the show, band members will perform in costume. In addition, new lighting equipment in the Remick Heritage Center will add to the “Journey” theme.

The pipe band will perform two of its competition pieces along with “Lament for Mary MacLeod.” Earlier this fall the pipe band placed first in the grade four division at a competition in Ligonier, Pa. Individual pipers have experienced significant success in solo competitions as well, according to Andrew Duncan, director of piping.

Winter guard Winter guardThe drum line, led by percussion intern David Fair, will play cadences, while the winter guard, under the direction of Malisha McNabb, will perform solos, duets and group choreography. Entering its third year of existence, this winter guard performance will serve as a warm-up to its premier competitive season.

Following the band’s halftime performance at the 2017 homecoming game, band alumnus Nathan Shawn told the current members, “You have never sounded better. I was completely blown away by your performance and was holding back tears of joy the entire time. Thanks for making me feel so proud to have been a part of the KMB.”

Story published on November 08, 2017