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GOSHEN – It’s band camp time for Goshen Community Schools.

“It’s a great group, and I can’t wait to get back to more normal things,” said Tom Cox, group director for Goshen Community Schools, during group camp practice at Goshen High School on Wednesday after -midday.

Along with Cox, Josh Kaufman is co-director of groups for the school corporation. The duo hold several group camps throughout the summer to prepare for the start of their next season.

“We’re doing two weeks of group camp, and so there are different times for different groups in the group,” Cox said. “The color guard goes from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., then the woodwinds, brass and percussion goes from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., then again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And then everyone is together from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. so we can put that together.”

Although summer camp schedules are very busy, they also get many kids excited for the start of the new season, Cox explained. Camp is also a time for kids to see if they even like the group, then if they do, they can join the program for the upcoming season.

Camps have breaks for July 4 and Fair Week, but otherwise training continues at full throttle until the first show after Labor Day.

“The show is called ‘City Lights,’ so we’ll have props that look like streetlights, and we’ll have the cityscape — so you’ll hear sounds of life in the city,” Cox said of the shots. of foot. out of season.

The band season begins with local competitions between neighboring schools such as Concord Community Schools, then moves on to more national competitions such as Bands of America.

“We’ll be going to Toledo, Ohio in October, and later we’ll be going to the Super Regional in Indianapolis in November,” Cox said.

Many of the band members expressed their excitement for the upcoming season during Wednesday’s high school practice. With COVID having made the competition a little tougher, they are excited for a fresh start.

“I’m looking forward to the new show design team we have because it gives us a fresh start,” said senior Maya Kaufman. “And I think a lot of people have a lot of hope this season and are really ready to go state. And I really hope that we do better this year, thanks to the mentality of the people and the fresh start that we have.

There are 150 children participating in the group so far this season. Cox shared that it seems to be a younger class than usual, with fewer seniors than in previous years.

“If you want to be in, you’re in,” Cox said. “We take everyone. We never refuse anyone. We’re the biggest group on campus, so we take up a lot of space and are loud.

“It’s really a good example of a rebuilt group, at least for me,” added Jonathan Beas. “There is a lot of energy. You know we are delighted to be here.

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