The sound of music fills the halls, fields, and classrooms of Bonneville High School. The High Desert Marching Band is both Hillcrest and Bonneville, bringing sounds of joy as they play in the games and their competitions. Though it takes time and hard work to play these instruments, it is amazing and worth it to see and feel the success of performing and have a wonderful time. Matthew Sorensen, a senior, is one of the band’s drum majors, and has been playing instruments since sixth grade. Sorensen has participated in a multitude of bands, such as concert band, marching band, and jazz band. Last year, Sorensen played the mellophone, the marching version of the French horn. Although Sorensen's main instrument is a French horn, in addition Sorensen plays the trumpet as well as the clarinet for the concert band and is learning percussion.
When asked about his position in the marching band, Sorensen explained that the drum major is "the one who conducts the band [and serves as a] student leader. It is an audition process. We have to audition … And we are in charge of helping run rehearsals, conducting the band for warm ups and competition.” Without a strong head on team the marching band, the marching band would not be able to show it off in the end.
In addition to Sorenson, explains the warm ups such as stretching, and getting the air flowing through the instruments. Then the band runs drills in the field to practice footwork or “set to set,” as it is called. The band practices where they are positioned on the field while playing their instruments. After they master the formations, they add music to the steps.
The marching band brings the sounds of excitement and the music they entertainment to tons of people, as well as always encouraging more and more people to either join or watch the Performers, with the help of Sorensen and the band’s hard work that they put in the band, as the marching band plays in our games and their competitions. It is worthwhile to see the members perform what they love, as well as showing support towards the BHS Fine Arts.