MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER
Fans of inspiring patriotic music and marching bands have one final opportunity to see â€œRed, White and Youâ€ 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Lincoln High School.
Neil Underwood, director of the Band of Knights, said the inspiration for the award-winning show was a patriotic show that the East Lincoln High School band performed in 2000, when he was director there. â€œI donâ€™t think any show was more memorable for me, the kids, the parents or the fans,â€ Underwood said.
Since this year was the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Underwood felt the time was right to perform another patriotic-themed show. The show is in memory of the 9/11 attacks and in honor of the countryâ€™s military and civil servant personnel.
Musical compositions performed in the show include:
â€œStar Spangled Fanfare,â€ consisting of motifs from the National Anthem and â€œFanfare for the Common Manâ€
â€œStar Spangled Salute,â€ featuring tunes from the armed forces and the National Anthem
â€œAmerica,â€ featuring â€œAmerica the Beautifulâ€
â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy,â€ portrays the return of our troops
â€œBattle Hymn of the Republicâ€ is the finale
Underwood says band members really appreciate fansâ€™ responses to the show, noting that at each performance, people they donâ€™t even know come up to them and tell them how much the show means to them.
â€œWeâ€™ve been told stories of family members serving (in the military) now, or veterans who have served and are now home. It has been very touching and the students have learned a lot about what America truly means to so many people,â€ Underwood said.
The show has won two Grand Championship titles during competitions this fall, one at the Spartan Classic at South Caldwell High School and one at the Foard High School Classic. Both competitions had approximately 20 bands competing.
The Band of Knights also placed in the finals at two regional-level events, the Western Carolina Tournament of Champions and the United States Scholastic Band Association Regional at Wake Forest University. Additionally, the band has received numerous awards for specific areas such as music, marching, effect, color guard, percussion and drum majors.
With the final performance of â€œRed, White and Youâ€ Tuesday night, the band starts preparing for the following year of marching band.
â€œWhile this year has been such a success, we wonâ€™t be repeating the patriotic theme next year,â€ Underwood said. â€œWe do plan to feature a musical storyline that is equally as moving and hopefully as well-loved by our students and audience alike.â€
Want to go?
The show begins at 7 p.m. at the North Lincoln High School stadium, located at 2737 Lee Lawing Rd. in Lincolnton (off Highway 150 near the Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Dept.).
The show is free and the public is invited to attend.
There is no rain date. Weather for Tuesday night is forecast to be mostly clear and cool.
For more information, call (704) 736-1969.