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Marching band invitational held in Lincoln

Posted by: Abigail Wood

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Seacrest Field near Lincoln East High was filled with uniformed teams, players, and formations on the 50 yard line Saturday, but there wasn't a football in sight.

Seventeen teams from Lincoln and the counties around came together for a high school marching band festival.

"It's all about cooperation," said Lance Nielsen with the festival. "You'll notice that we don't put anybody on the bench. Every single one of those kids is important on the field."

Molly Suhr is a senior at Seward High. She's been playing the flute since 5th grade, and says the marching band brings something to games and school events that nothing else can. 

"When you're with your friends if someone starts playing some music then that just makes it even more fun," Suhr said. "And so I feel like that is what marching band is like."

From another school outside Lincoln, Norris Public, drum major Ashton Beacher agreed that the band lifts team morale. He says for him, the marching band is a family.

"You know, we're not just a group of students who play instruments together," Beacher said. "We're a really tightly packed family. We're all here for one another and that's really cool."

Marching band is part of schools' music education programs, but the benefits extend beyond the classroom.

"They're learning leadership, they're learning to work with each other," Nielsen explained. "Just by learning music we find that it helps connect in so many different ways in their academics and in all their extracurricular activities and I think it really prepares them for life."

All of LPS was represented at the event, along with schools like Grand Island, North Platte and Lincoln Pius.

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