As band competition season comes around the corner, the Delta High School band works hard day after day to prepare. "Preparing for competition means productive classes, evening rehearsals, and even all day Saturday rehearsals!" band director Marcos LeBlanc said. "Every Tuesday and Thursday night the band gets together for two-hour evening rehearsals, some of them after doing football and cross country."
Every year the show that the band does tells a story -- this year they have "Forge." The music is Night on Bald Mountain with selections from Firebird Suite. It involves intense love stories, kidnapping and even murder. Along with the tough music, there is a giant metal forge that serves as a centerpiece as well as great visuals from the color guard.
The band placed second in field competition Sept. 26 and is now getting ready for regionals Oct. 15. Then comes the state competition in Pueblo at the end of October. LeBlanc says hard work and dedication are what make the band great, and are why they will go above and beyond the expectations.
"I am most looking forward to going to state and for all of our hard work paying off!" he concluded.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.