Music, Voice Over and Show Design by Michael Petek
Drill Design by Jon Bay
Color Guard Choreography by Rachel Cook
Percussion Score by Josh Schneider
Prop Design & Construction by Band Boosters
Michael Petek, Director of Bands
John Gardner, Assistant Director
James Court, Music and Marching
Doug McElhaney, Music and Marching
Matt Walter, Music and Marching
Rachel Cook, Colog Guard
Alex Walters, Percussion
Grant Ebert, Student Teacher
Russell Degitz, HNHS Principal
It is fitting to design a show about the Challenger Shuttle disaster on this, the 30th year anniversary. Like other major events; Pearl Harbor, President Kennedy Assassination, 9-11… people old enough to remember know exactly where they were and how they heard about Challenger.
Several judges from our competitions this Fall have mentioned their recollections and emphasized the “emotional” component of this show. They compliment the respectful and appropriate presentation of the story.
The show’s major components are called “Lift Off”, “Malfunction” and “Pioneers”.
Prior to the Opener, the audience hears sounds from both the Shuttle launch command center and President Reagan:
At this point the band positions around the Challenger for “Lift Off”.
As the opener begins, the countdown is presented, timed so that the band turns around to face the audience for the first time — and the Lift Off theme is introduced:
Count Down <===LISTEN
About two minutes into the show, as it was about two minutes into the flight, suddenly a huge bass drum and gong hit symbolize the explosion.
“Obviously a major Malfunction” <===LISTEN
The band turns again in the area of the shuttle, scattering like the pieces we saw on TV, and pointing upward as the front ensemble and drumline play under the announcement about the “major malfunction”.
The minor and somber middle section of the show reflect the reaction and response.
“They were pioneers” <===LISTEN
But then, in his address to the nation, President Reagan called the Challenger 7 “Pioneers”, and the third section of the show is an upbeat, almost celebratory representation of a nation going forward after disaster.
And then, after a final portion from the president’s speech,…
“…to touch the face of God.” <===LISTEN
…the show concludes with a “tag” that pays respect before bringing back the faster, happier lift off theme.
The band invites the community to a presentation and performance of “Challenger” on Friday, October 21st, at 6:00pm at Kriegbaum Field.