‘A Journey for Love’

Vinemont Eagle Band halftime show packed with familiar love songs

The Vinemont Eagle Band drumline performs for friends and family July 29, 2022. (Courtesy of April Smith Cason)

VINEMONT, Ala. – The Vinemont Eagle Band finished up two weeks of band camp July 29, preparing a love song-packed halftime show for this fall.

The 43-member group has its opener down, and Band Director Skylar King said that with the band’s current pace, a new song will be finished every one to two weeks.

“We kind of take our time learning the process of setting a show and doing it correctly with the goal of adding a song every week or every two weeks just depending on how long the song is, how difficult the moves are,” he said.

The show title is “A Journey for Love.” Each song will have a love theme. The band will open with Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” followed by Soulja Boy’s “Kiss Me Through the Phone,” Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” and ending with Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

King picked the musical selections with the aim of having something everyone listening will be able to identify. “I definitely try and get everybody,” he said. “I have a wide range of musical tastes, and so I try and ensure that I’m keeping my interest through the year a little bit as well, and definitely getting all of our audience members we play for on Fridays and Saturdays.”

The Vinemont High School Band program begins inviting in new students when they start eighth grade. The band has about nine new rookies that get to be tutored by a predominantly senior-led program.

“We actually have 20 seniors, so we have a really great opportunity that our seniors get to make a big impact on the younger students,” said King. “Our younger students are really learning and doing well, and I think (they will) take what the senior example has been so far at camp and continue that for hopefully the rest of the season.

“Especially at Vinemont, we’ve had a really good band culture for a long time, and that’s really always come from our seniors and our section leaders really maintaining the importance of doing things the right way and pushing through those more challenging rehearsals and expectations. We definitely rely on our seniors to set that pace and to be the example.”

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