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ROTTERDAM: The band marches on

Last year Mohonasen's marching band took home the Governor's Cup at the state competition.

Kim LaMora, 17, will also be a senior in September and is a member of the color guard. LaMora said she gets the most excited about competitions.

"Going to the shows is definitely the best part about the band," LaMora said. "I like the moment before everyone walks in and we are all nervous and excited and feeding off each other's energy."

LaMora said she actually looks forward to band camp every year. The students participate in theme days where they dress up in '80s clothing or all wear tie-dye.

"This is the time when we all grow closer," said LaMora.

The color guard's director Lori Marshall is a Mohonasen graduate herself and got her start performing with Mohonasen's marching band in fifth grade as the team's equipment manager.

After graduation Marshall performed with Drum Corps International, which is a professional marching band organization before landing a teaching job at Mohonasen and becoming director of the color guard.

The color guard is like the characters of the show, Marshall said. They perform the visual aspect of the music, they spin flags, dance and use props.

Varga has been involved with marching since high school. He calls himself a marching band geek and has been teaching music and marching since 1995.

Bushey said hiring Varga was a great move for the program because he can show the students what good marching looks like.

Varga said the hardest thing about performing with the marching band is the marching.

"We ask these kids to learn to play their instruments beautifully sitting down then we say ok now run," he said.

The consensus among the various band directors is that this year's team has a lot of potential and if the hard work and dedication continue they will do well in competitions.

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