October, the wonderful month of October. The sound of leaves crunching below your feet and..what’s that? ‘Drum majors, is your band ready?’ The sound of 8 to 5 step size by marchers? It’s competition season and it’s time to take the field of competition at HHS.
HHMI is the Hanover High Marching Invitational hosted by the hanover marching hawks. Every October, Hanover provides an opportunity for other bands in the state to compete for awards. The event is a great way to raise funds for the band and for other bands to be able to bond. The marching hawks work the event alongside some amazing parents and staff.
“HHMI is a competition that Hanover hosts. It gives the marching hawks a chance to meet people from all over the state by helping with concessions, guiding and more,” junior Kayla Schneider said.
There are many positions to be filled when hosting a competition. The students as well as parents work for the benefit of the band. The job list includes: Judges runners, guides, water stations, rope holders, concessions, donuts and front gate. The judges runners are typically spots filled with seniors who run errands for judges such as getting them food and water. The guides are also positions that seniors take to lead the guest bands through the school and to their practice areas. The water stations are up for fair game. Water stations are positioned from Oak Knoll to Hanover for bands that finish performing. Rope holders stand in front of the entrance of the stands and make sure nobody enters and leaves during performances. The concessions make and sell food to buyers. The donut stations sell donuts to raise funds for the band and finally, front gate dots everyone’s hands for entry.
“I love watching the bands perform. Getting to see different shows and hear different music is always fun,” senior Bethany Lane said.
Marching competitions provide opportunity for other bands to show what they’ve worked so hard on. It’s incredible to see the effort and teamwork that is thrown into a performance. Every year, the supportive marching hawks make welcome posters for every band that is competing. In competition, bands performing are placed into different ranks or classes based on their size. 1A being the smaller bands to attend and 5A being the largest. Classification varies at each competition and is dependent on which bands attend.
“It’s very different hosting a competition because you aren’t worried about your score or how your show went. It gives me a chance to really listen and watch other bands,” Lane said.
There are many differences between hosting a competition and competing in one. One big difference is taking the field in exhibition. When hosting a competition, the band does not compete. It’s like an exhibit at a museum, the guests get to observe the hosting band perform.
HHMI provides time for students in the program to become closer and to work together to raise money for the Hanover band program. This opportunity welcomes each band to express themselves through marching and music. It presents the chance to compete for more trophies and titles as well. Most of all, it allows students from the same social group to meet and befriend each other.