Nocturnal Creatures

Katy Raya

No one truly knows what’s beneath the shadows. Although, most people agree that there aren’t monsters in the dark. After all, monsters don’t exist, right? Monsters aren’t real but there’s no denying that there are creatures hidden in the dark. The Everman Bulldog marching band show, Nocturnal Creatures, explores the mysteries within the dark and the fear of the unknown. The music is arranged by Carol Brittin Chambers, which was inspired by Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite,” Goldenthal’s “Adagio and Transfiguration,” Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre,” and Carol Brittin Chambers’ “Nocturnal Creatures.” 

“This years show is about a journey through the dark, like we’re running through an eerie forest,” said Junior Alan Sigala. “We’re facing our biggest fear, the ones which we either fight off or run away from.” To Sigala, the show means that we’re being put in a scenario that we never want to stumble across. “Ultimately, we overcome our fears and come out stronger.” According to Sigala, this years marching season is going to be the best one the band has had in years. The band has determined and hardworking people from each grade level. “Competitions are going to fantastic, the band will be competing with fantastic bands across the state and neighboring states as well.” The competitions the band attends inspire them to do bigger and better things. They strive to be like marching bands such as Flower Mound Marching Band as well as the LD Bell Band. “Push through,” said Sigala when asked to give advice for the underclassmen. “Don’t be afraid, it’ll be tough but it’ll be worth it.”

Even with the merciless sun out, the marching band withstands the sweltering heat and continues to work hard. Each student on the field is determined to go to area. Their attentiveness to detail, perseverance, and willingness is what will guide them to success. This year is an area year, which means that if the marching band earns a 1 in UIL, they will advance to area. It happens every two years, and they compete with other schools across the district. If the marching band continues to give quality performances, they will further advance to state. It’s the band’s dream to be one of the best bands in the nation and they’re going to work as hard as they need to in order for it to become a reality.

“Our show, Nocturnal Creatures, is literally about creatures in the dark. Metaphorically, it can be taken as a life journey and overcoming obstacles,” said Junior Isabella Salazar. Salazar is the head drum major or the marching band, meaning that she leads the band to success. “For me, the show leans toward a metaphorical aspect where all the different movements show a journey.” Salazar hopes to make it to area and eventually advance to state. Although, she worries that some of the band members might begin to lose faith in themselves. Her concerns lies with the possibility that might want to give up halfway through the season. “Stick it out,” Salazar said when asked to give a word of encouragement to the underclassmen, ”it’s only the beginning.”

With the help of their directors, Mr. Spires, Mr. Fowler, Mr. Hildreth, Mr. Spann, Mr. Moreno, and Mr. Avery, the marching band is expected to succeed. Their student leaders are determined to help the band thrive this season. The marching band is full of hard-working kids who are full of hope and purpose. They’re ready to take on this season and are hoping to be the best marching band in the state of Texas.