Neither the summer heat nor the threat of massive wind and rain could stop Killeen’s annual high school band showcase Spirit Spectacular — just delay it a couple of weeks.
The annual performance featuring Killeen ISD’s four high school bands is rescheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Ellison is hosting the fundraising event for the 37th time. Tickets are $6. Children under 3 get in free. Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled show are valid.
Proceeds benefit the four KISD high school band programs — Harker Heights, Ellison, Killeen and Shoemaker.
Spirit Spectacular culminates summer band, which began in mid-July for drum majors and percussionists and a week later for the rest of the band members.
Instead of a sneak peak two days before the start of the school year, this year’s weather-delayed show is more of a progress report following the first week of high school football halftime season.
As always, the annual event puts a spotlight on the hard-working members of marching bands, color guard units and dance teams without a football game or a judged contest.
“Spirit Spectacular allows the bands to perform their competition show for a ‘band friendly’ crowd instead of an athletic event crowd,” said Shoemaker band director Sean Hill.
The Grey Wolf band is performing a show this year called “Unbound” about breaking down the walls that divide. It features music from “Tron,” “Star Trek,” Bobbie McFerrin and Eric Whitacre.
Those accustomed to seeing band performances only between two halves of football have a chance Saturday to give all their support to the band and dance teams, Hill said.
Following last Friday night’s halftime show at Buckley Stadium, KHS senior drum major Oliver Mintz said it was exciting to be performing again.
“At this point we’re doing pretty well,” he said. “We’re a big family and this has been a good experience. We’ve gone non-stop since summer.”
This year’s KHS show, “Shadows Unleashed,” mixes lively music with a variety of darker themes. The drum major said he liked the contrast.
“Being up there is really the fun part,” he said, pointing to the section of stadium seats where band members cheer and play during the game. “We want to support the team. Out there is where we work,” he said pointing to the field.
The Ellison High School Screaming Eagle Band is preparing a show called “Rooftops of London” featuring music from “Mary Poppins.”
“It’s a big performance to see what the four bands have practiced for,” said Ellison senior drum major David Smothers prior to the postponed event. “We practice for weeks in the heat and we want to give the best performance we can.”
The beginning of the Ellison band’s show features a medley of songs. “It will bring people back to their childhood,” said Brown, an Ellison drum major.
“Performance is amazing,” said Serrano. “You do it with all your energy and it pays off at the end.”