The Milaca Junior High Marching Band had a very successful season this year, marching with 155 sixth- and seventh-graders.
Marching to the song “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO and arranged by Paul Murtha, students seemed energized by the contemporary choice.
“The students really connected with it as it just came out last year and is a top hit on the pop charts,” director Martin Garber said.
The band started with a four-day band camp, June 4-7, to put all the music, dancing and routine together. Their first parade was just days later on Saturday, June 8, in Sartell.
“We took first place with a 54.4,” Garber said.
The band also took first place with a score of 51.3 at its next showing in the Princeton Rum River Festival parade.
After a short break, the junior high marching band was able to show its stuff to the hometown crowd at the Milaca parade.
“This was their favorite parade of the season as the home crowd was fantastic to our band,” Garber said. “After the parade, we joined forces for the first ever junior high mass band with Sartell and Sauk Rapids. We marched on the football field and all played “Power Rock” (“We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen). That was really cool to see 420 students all playing together.”
Finally, the junior Wolves wrapped up their season by going on an overnight trip to the Rogers parade, Becker community center and to Valleyfair the weekend of June 22 and 23.
“In the Rogers parade, we were the only middle school band there and received the spirit award with a score of 56.4,” Garber said. “After Rogers, the whole band went to the Becker Community Center and had a pool party and stayed overnight at the facility. The kids had a great time.”
After breakfast the next morning, the band traveled to Valleyfair for its final march. After playing their song for the final time this season, the students enjoyed the rest of the day at park with their band mates.
“I am very proud of this year’s marchers in all they have accomplished and how they performed,” Garber said. “I also have to say thank you to my staff, consisting of Trista Norrgard, Tracy Norrgard, Andrea Swenson, Michelle Gruba and Caitlyn Drayna. My chaperone leaders were Darcy Forker and Jodi Eidsvoog. Also a huge thank you to all our chaperones that volunteered this summer. You were great. And lastly, thanks to Alyce Sanderson for helping us get through this year after 20 years on the job. Thanks to all.”