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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:00 pm

The Pacific High School marching band concluded a two-week band camp July 26 with a preview performance of the 2013-14 halftime marching routine members learned during the camp.

The musicians were pelted by a light rain as they performed their routine on the PHS athletic field while about 100 family members sat huddled under umbrellas to see the show.

Matt Sokeland, PHS music director, and Erin Deusinger, assistant director, conducted the camp.

Musicians met at the high school from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn the drill of playing and marching in a precise pattern.

A professional drill writer created the choreography for the show, according to Deusinger.

“I choreograph the flag twirler routines, but it takes a special program to choreograph a marching band,” Deusinger said. “We send them our music and the number of musicians in each group. They have a computer program to help weave it all together.”

The band performed the entire halftime show in about 15 minutes for the visiting supporters.

Musicians who had showed enthusiasm for the camp were recognized for their contribution.

The trombone section was singled out for outstanding energy and spirit during the two weeks of drills. Players include Ashley Palmer, Allison Daves, Amy Hennessy, Joe Schimsa, Adilenne Licona, Jacob Hinkebein, Nick Orwig, Brandon Weerts, Tim Toney, Tyler Gerling, Wesley Curtis, Anthony Campbell, Michael Bennett, McKenzie White, Adam Hinkebein, Will Applegate and Josh Vondriska.

Eight outstanding campers, including two from each grade, also were presented certificates recognizing their enthusiasm, including Ashley Palmer, Bryan Lee, Amy Hennessy, Jared Mann, Katelyn Rochat, Austin Kovis, Adilenne Licona and Joe Schimsa.

Drum majors, Trish Baker, Matthew Johnson and Taylor Hill, distributed awards and helped lead the marching show.

Band camp was one of 20 held by the school district this summer.

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