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Greenfield-Central marching band staying positive amid canceled season

The coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to a lot of events, including band competitions.
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Posted at 9:22 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 09:28:21-04

GREENFIELD — The coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to a lot of events, including sporting events and band competitions.

The Greenfield-Central marching band was the 2019 state champions, but this year they don’t have the chance to defend their title. However, Thursday night they had the chance to show off their best work.

“It's definitely different and not what any of us were expecting or hoping for,” said Tiffany Going when talking about her senior marching band season.

“Even though it wasn't really meant to end this way, I’m kind of glad to get some form of an ending,” said Katie Steele, another senior band member.

The Cougars were the 2019 state champions and were ready to defend their title.

“We thought we were going to have a normal season ... We had an entirely new show planned out, but then everything got canceled,” said Thomas Day, a senior member of the marching band.

The official band season may be canceled, but that doesn’t mean the music has to stop. On October 1, the band took to the field to take a walk down memory lane and showcase the work they’ve done over the years.

“We took the end of our 2017 show, which was these seniors freshman year and the end of last year’s show, and we are doing kind of a walk down memory lane of where they started,” said Chris Wing, the band director.

He said while competing is fun, that’s not what being a part of this team is about.

“Competing is a piece of what we do, but my job as band director is not to win state championships my job is through music to make these kids better people,” said Wing.

As for the seniors, they’re glad they get a little sense of closure.

“I’m just glad we get to do something when like a whole lot of marching bands that don't have anything going on,” said Steele.