Marching band wraps up season with Senior Show

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Madisyn Hardy, Editor & Reporter

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This year at the Senior Show, tears were shed as the reality sank in for the MHS marching band. Not only do they have to say goodbye to their seniors, it is also their last year under the direction of beloved director James Nuechterlein. After teaching at Monroe for 30 years and directing over 100 different marching performances, this year’s senior show was his last halftime performance before retirement.

Friday, Oct. 20, the MHS Marching Band wrapped up their final half-time show of the season with this year’s Senior Show. The senior class of 2018 ended the final halftime show of their high school career with three of their favorite songs.

For almost every student in the MHS band, the band room has become a second home and their peers have become a second family, sometimes spending more time in the band room than they do in their own home.

Nuechterlein said that he will really miss being part of the MHS band.

“I’ll miss working with the students and interacting with the students, planning the shows and picking the music,” Nuechterlein said.

Junior Abigail Howerton said she is not ready to get a new band director next year.

“I’m devastated that Mr. Nick’s leaving, and I am not ready for the new change. Mr. Nick is the only director I have ever had in high school, and I don’t want all of the band traditions to change,” said Howerton.

Senior drum major Luke Geftos said that he will miss the unity and family atmosphere within the band, and he hopes that the unity within the band won’t change with the change of directors.

“I’m for sure going to miss the sense of unity with the people that I got to work with; I think the band as a whole will have to come together work extra hard next year because Mr. Nick won’t’ be there, and he’s the one that holds everything together,” said Geftos.

The marching band has had a successful marching season this year, working harder than before to honor the last year of Nuechterlein and will really miss their seniors and their teacher.

 

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