Marching to a Different Beat

Photo by Janine Munoz

The HHS Marching Chiefs are prepared for positive changes in the 2013 season under the direction of their new band director, Mr. Kurt Zimmermann.  Zimmermann, being the assistant director of Hanover Wind Symphony, brings a wealth of experience to Hopatcong High School.

Zimmermann has been a professional musician for 21 years in a variety of genres including classical, rock and jazz. He has taught marching band for 20 years and has 6 years of experience in drum and bugle corps.

 As a first year Hopatcong High School teacher, Zimmermann stated, “Everything is new and fresh and there is a sense of excitement.” Zimmermann brings to the band a new enthusiasm, work ethic and a sense of commitment. He plans to connect the band to the school and community and continue to grow the program.

            For those who would like to know more about the sport of marching band, Zimmermann summed it up: “Outside of figure skating, [marching band] is the most physical way of demonstrating an art.”

The show for this season was inspired by songs one would hear at a sporting event, including a coral arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the theme song from Coach, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and “Here Comes the King,” from the Budweiser commercials. Each song is separated by a variation of the war chant. According to Zimmerman, every week a new element will be added to the show, whether it is another song or visual effects.

This season’s drum major is senior, Laura Willis. Willis, a member of marching band since 2009, stated , “[with Mr. Zimmermann] we get a lot more work done in less time. He wants us to have a good time, so he’s come up with fun things to get the football crowd involved, such as playing popular beats on metal garbage cans–otherwise known as the ‘obnoxious squad’.”

According to Zimmermann, the future of the Marching Chiefs will be exciting. They will continue to find new ways to bring the “wow factor” every year. Zimmermann wants everyone to be proud of the HHS Marching Chiefs.

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