ANDERSON, Ind. —
They "truly do make the band program strong," he added, and are a dedicated bunch, along with some parents who put in hours to sew costumes, serve meals and set up props.
With all the time a band spends together, co-drum major Conner Olesky said, they "become like a big family." He added that there are a lot of memories built over the years.
A typical week consists of 30 hours of practice along with a full day of competition on the weekend. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, Milleman said outside hours can be tough.
But the kids march through it.
Milleman added that he's seen significant improvements between each competition in the past.
The first contest performance was good, he said, and he's excited to see how the members do Saturday at Muncie Southside High School.
The Frankton High School Marching Eagles will be competing today in the Jay County Fair Lions Band Contest in Portland and joining Anderson in the Spirit of Sound competition in Muncie on Saturday.
Olesky said Centerville wasn't their best run, but that landing in the top five, just 1.5 points away from a second, was encouraging.
"Not one person can be the entire band," said co-drum major Collin Pratt. "The band comes together for one common goal."
Trumpet player Demetrius Peoples said he loves seeing all the pieces come together.
"It's always, at the end of the day, about looking forward to the next, to see what you can accomplish," he said.
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