Prior to the performance, Band Director Bryan Ames had nothing but positive comments for the students and staff. He talked about band camp and marching on the black top when temperatures were near 100. He said that was all but forgotten when the students made it to the state competition last Saturday.
Mayor Mark Senter started off by listing the state championships for Plymouth High School: 1977 Football, 1982 Basketball, 2007 Men’s Basketball and 2008 Women’s Basketball. He said, “Like anything involving winning takes hard work, preparation and dedication.” The Pride of Plymouth exhibits those values by spending hot afternoons on burning blacktop and long bus trips way into Saturday nights. Senter continued, “It takes teamwork from students, directors, teachers, brother and sisters, and most importantly moms and dads.” He also said, “It takes a community! The City of Plymouth proudly and enthusiastically wishes the Pride of Plymouth best of luck.”
Band Director Bryan Ames then introduced Football Coach John Barron. Barron spoke of the dedication the band students have practicing in the summer heat and last week’s bitter cold. He said this year’s theme is Don’t Let Your Teammates Down….just as the band members rely on each other for a great performance. Barron warned the kids to walk through the tunnel at Lukas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday taking it all in and then setting their sights on the job at hand….giving the best performance of their lives.
Following an abbreviated performance, with the rain pouring down family, friends and community members hurriedly made the honorary flashlight tunnel for band members to march through as they headed back into the school.
The band will be leaving Friday afternoon to practice on the Zionsville High School Astro-turf football field for another round of practice before heading over to a hotel for the evening. The hope is the kids will be a good night’s sleep before their big performance on Saturday morning at 10:13.