The musicians of Hillman High School’s marching band have been hard at work preparing for a special performance at the state capitol in Lansing on Wednesday.
Hillman Schools Band Director, Ben Witter, said “Representative Cameron Cavitt invited us to come down and perform on the steps of the Capitol. So we will be playing there this week, October 4. We’ll be playing some of our tunes we did in marching band, a couple of marches, national anthem, things like that.”
The students have been hard at work as the band grows. Since last year, the band has tripled in size, going from 12 to 40 members. “I think what prepared me most for this performance is all the performances leading up to this,” said Agnese Bonafiglia, drum major and Hillman High School senior. “When we went to the Detroit Tigers, which was really crazy. All of the games that we’ve done, all the parades that we’ve done.”
The students have practiced all semester, and thank the community for their support. “I really want to thank the school administration for allowing us to do this and making it happen,” said Witter. “I want to thank the community for their generous donations and helping us get down there, and all of their support throughout the year for the band by donating instruments or money for us to continue to grow this program.”
Interested viewers can tune in to a live stream on the Hillman Community Schools Facebook page at noon 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4 to see the performance.
Students are eager to see all of the practice come into fruition. “We’ve definitely worked very hard for this, and we are all very excited for this opportunity,” said Hailee Keister, drum major and Hillman High School junior.