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Oriole Pride Marching Band prepares to impress with ‘Saddle Up!’ theme and high-energy show

With the start of school just around the corner, the Lennox High School Oriole Pride Marching Band is gearing up for their upcoming performances this season.

Under the guidance of marching band instructor Ellie Kenkel, the band is set to deliver a high-energy show with their western cowboy theme titled “Saddle Up!” The band is all set to showcase their talents at various events and competitions, beginning this season with the Parent Preview Show this Thursday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at the LHS football field.

With the anticipation building, Kenkel shares, “We are so excited for this season! Last year we had a high energy show that our audiences loved, and we’re going to try to beat that this year.”

The marching band will take the stage with a captivating narrative of two cowboys, Tyler Strasser and Carson Maxfield, competing to be the best cowboy in town. The show will also feature standout soloists Jackson Anacker and Tiegen Black, adding depth and emotion to the performance.

“We are also heavily featuring the saxophones, percussion, and color guard this year. Music selections include Home on the Range, Buffalo Gals, Renegade by Styx, and Cotton Eyed Joe by Rednex,” said Kenkel. “Last year Al Osborn built a human hamster wheel prop for our show, and this year he is out-doing himself by designing and building a bucking bronco prop that one of our cowboys and soloists will ride during the show.”

The preparation for the upcoming season has been intense, with students dedicating over 50 hours to rehearsals.

“We are ahead of schedule on learning our show,” added Kenkel. “During band camp, we focus on perfecting marching techniques, mastering music fundamentals, learn all of our movements and spots for the show, as well as memorize and perfect the show music.”

The band’s aspirations for the season are clear: to maintain a hardworking and positive culture while aiming for a spot in the finals at the Festival of Bands competition in Sioux Falls.

Kenkel says, “Festival of Bands is the biggest competition in SD, and making finals is similar to making state, except you compete against the top 10 bands regardless of class (4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A).”

The students’ dedication and the band’s exceptional performance will be showcased at various events throughout the season.

Following the Parent Preview Show on Thursday the band will participate in the Roosevelt Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Howard Wood Field. There is a $10 entrance fee to this event.

Also this year, the LHS marching band will be competing at the Pursuit of Excellence in Marshall, MN, the Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne, MN, the Big Sioux Review in Brandon, SD, Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls, SD, and Dutchman Field Championships in Orange City, IA.

“We are also performing at home football games, the homecoming parade, and our last performance — the Indoor Show and Chicken Dinner,” added Kenkel.

For those looking to support the band, Kenkel encourages attendance at performances and competitions. Additionally, she points out volunteer and sponsor opportunities are available through the band’s website, lennoxband.weebly.com.

As the season unfolds, Lennox High School Marching Band is all set to captivate audiences with their “Saddle Up!” show, showcasing their dedication, talent, and high-energy performances. With a combination of engaging storytelling, talented soloists, and remarkable visuals, the band promises a musical experience that will leave the audience cheering for more.

This year’s band members include: Aden Voeltz, Alec Gates, Alexus Horst, Alia Temme, Allison Schulz, Ariana Poppens, Ashley Bondensen, Brooklyn Buehner, Brooklyn Glenn, Cade Aasheim, Cade Maxfield, Caleb Ellwein, Cameron Smith, Carson Maxfield, Carter Dose, Charlee Jorgensen, Cheyenne Pick, Cody Plank, Duncan Johnson, Eli Plank, Elijah Johnson, Emersen Lee, Emmitt Odland, Gavin Swier, Gunnar Geiken, Isaiah Sayler, Jackson Anacker, Jacob Carlson, Josephine Plucker, Kaden Bullert, Karin Sweeter, Karlie Bosma, Keira Tammen, Kenzie Bosma, Kolby Seeman, Liz Hanisch, Lizzy Rieck, Loralei Larry, Mackenzie Gilland, Maddigan Van Sickle, Madison Buehner, Matthew Dummer, McKenna Visscher, McKenzie Ritenour, Megan Luvaas, Miriam Welch, Nathan Arens, Nevaeh Voeltz, Noah Oien, Noah Sayler, Noah Sitter, Paxton Dubbelde, Phillip Reiss, Reba Schroeder, Rylee Lottman, Sam Bambas, Summer Deboer, Sydney Johnson, Thomas DuChene, Tiegen Black, Tyler Strasser, Xander Millar, and Zander Hazuka.

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