RHS Marching Band participates in CMU Band Day


Kirstin Campbell

The marching Panthers perform along other schools during CMU’s halftime.

Savannah Burke, Staff Reporter

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the RHS marching band took a day trip to Central Michigan University for CMU Band Day. About a dozen marching bands came from different schools all over Michigan to play. The students’ day started at 5 a.m. at RHS. The band met up to take attendance and start their two and a half hour bus ride to CMU. 

When the RHS students first arrived, they were greeted by CMU’s band director. The staff introduced themselves to all of the bands and took them on the field to find their positions. After introducing and positioning, the bands broke out into sectionals. Sectionals are all of the same instrument players in the same group. There were 40-60 players in each section. After practicing in the sectionals, the bands ate lunch to energize for halftime.t The game started shortly after lunch, with CMU playing against University of Akron.

When halftime hit, all of the marching bands played for the halftime show. This year’s theme was Elton John, so the band played two of his classic songs, “Crocodile Rock” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” along with CMU’s fight song. Along with the halftime performance, the band also played a ‘canon shot’ for every field goal. 

“We were a mirror image of the CMU cheerleaders,” senior Rim Bououdina said. 

The next obstacle for RHS marching band is practicing at the Groves High Marching Clinic on Sept. 21.