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Cape Central High School's Marching Tigers step in time to a new school year

A new school year is a turn of the page for many students, and for some that page is a sheet of music.(Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) A new school year is a turn of the page for many students, and for some that page is a sheet of music.(Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
“In order for us to be successful we have to put a lot of work into it," LaMar said. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) “In order for us to be successful we have to put a lot of work into it," LaMar said. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
Counting their steps in the morning, playing their notes after noon, and pulling it all together before the sun goes down. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) Counting their steps in the morning, playing their notes after noon, and pulling it all together before the sun goes down. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A new school year is a turn of the page for many students, and for some that page is a sheet of music.

Cape Central's Marching Tigers worked through the summer to prepare for this year's show.

Cape Central's Director of Bands, Josh LaMar, stands above the field in a tower and yells to the students.

“Make this the best yet. Here we go… five, six, seven eight.”

LaMar has a vision.

“In order for us to be successful we have to put a lot of work into it," LaMar said.

He’s young, but he’s been doing this a long time – 18 years.

Something he didn’t realize would happen when he signed up for band in 7th grade.

Something Senior Korie Brewer is finding in herself.

 “I’ve been, like, super passionate about music since I started band," Brewer said.

 “We got a lot of good freshman this year. They’re doing really a good job.”

Starting in June the marching band and color guard were out in the heat.

Counting their steps in the morning, playing their notes after noon, and pulling it all together before the sun goes down.

“It gets kinda hard," said sophomore Anna Clippard.

Clippard is used to being in the pool, but she decided to try her hand at color guard.

“I have to do this and can’t get distracted. I just have to do this. I have to find my set, and I have to try my best," Clippard said.

She said she wanted to try something new, and she likes it.

“When it all comes together it’ll be great," Clippard said.

But others see this as their calling.

“I want to be a band director in the future like Mr. LaMar is," said freshman Carter Reeves says he lives and breathes music.

“You just get your heart pumping. It’s just really cool cause you get all the music flowin," Reeves said.

LaMar says even though it’s fun – their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.

“There’s no instant gratification with being a musician. An instrument is not something that you can just pick up and start playing and be really good at.”

 “I’ll miss band more than anything when I leave," Brewer said.

 “I love getting up in the morning and getting ready for this," Reeves said.

Because even after the show is over, the beat goes on.

The Marching Tigers will perform their show ‘Flight’ at Cape Central football games this school year.

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