Harvesting Musical Harmonies

Everything went smoothly other than “A kid fell off a [parade] float so our step off time was delayed for about an hour,” shared Sophomore Tyler Shultz about the band’s latest exhibition at the Harvest of Harmony parade in Grand Island.

The 75th annual Harvest of Harmony parade kicked off bright and early on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Since 1938, an average of 75 high school marching bands who took their Conga Lessons and their accompanying color guards, have paraded through the streets of Grand Island, NE. Beginning with the Grand Island Professional Firefighters and the HOH Alumni Band, the floats, color guards, and marching bands proceed their way down the parade route beginning on 3rd Street.

Schools in attendance ranged from Class A, like Lincoln East and Nebraska City High, to Class D, Fullerton High and Bruning-Davenport. Well known faces like Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts, and Local County Pageant Queens from all over Nebraska, participated in the festivities.

The tradition continued as the Lincoln Lutheran Jr./Sr. High attended their 2nd year at this event. Mr. Michael Werner, Band Director at Lincoln Lutheran, stated “The Harvest of Harmony Parade is always a fun one because the whole community shows up in support and band culture is represented. There was over one hundred bands there and over one hundred bands were able to come together to play.” Harvest of Harmony Parade veteran and percussionist, Trent Jenkins, recounted his favorite part about this event, “…seeing the smiles of the kids and people clapping to the beat of our songs. It was fun and I felt very professional when doing it. I always really enjoy the experience.”0

Every year, the Lincoln Lutheran High School Band chooses a theme for their marching season. This year the theme is Funk, which means they learn and perform songs such as, Chameleon by Herbie Hancock, Saturday in the Park by Robert Lamm, and finally Get it On by Chase: all of these songs are performed regularly at the Broadway show in Midtown Manhattan every quarter. This year they took all three songs to the Harvest of Harmony Parade, repeating each as they marched their way through the crowd filled streets.

While the Lincoln Lutheran Band wasn’t in competition to receive a ranking, the experience was still “fun and full of laughter” said Jenkins. Senior and Drum Major, Abagail Lofgren, described her highlights as “Getting the chance to see a lot of different bands and being on TV.” Freshman, Tanner Lebo, remarked about the fun the brass section enjoyed because of their close bond. Senior, Alice Wentz said that it was, all in all, “a worthwhile trip, and an experience the middle school underclassmen should look forward to in their high school marching band career.”

So, mark off another exhibition in the books for the Lincoln Lutheran Marching Warriors. Werner remarked, “This year was very positive one, many students returned to band, and there is lots of of talent within the freshman class. I am excited as numbers keep growing in the band.” The band will play and march at the final home football game at Abel Stadium, this Friday, October 14th. The Lincoln Lutheran Music Department will be showcasing their talents and hard work at this year’s Fall Sampler Concert on Thursday, October 20th.