Members of the New Castle Marching Band participated in band camp this week and prepared for the upcoming season.
For the Trojans, show season officially begins two weeks after Labor Day weekend and will end as late as Oct. 29 at the state finals, which take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Second-year band director Jonathon Edwards said although the group has about two months until the season starts, time goes fast.
"It appears to be a lot of time to practice, but it will come and go very, very quickly due to school starting up," Edwards said.
There are 95 students in the marching band who commit to weekend activities, contests and practices before and after school. Many band members are returning from last year, with between 14 and 18 graduating seniors.
The New Castle Marching Band belongs to the Indiana State School Music Association and is a Class B Band, meaning they don't perform at the Indiana State Fair and their season starts later than other area bands like those at Blue River and Hagerstown.
"There are two different circuits for marching band: the summer circuit and the fall circuit," Edwards explained. "The fall circuits have more classes to separate the bands than the summer circuit does."
ISSMA has three separate competition categories: festival, scholastic and open class, according to its website. New Castle competes in the open class.
As the kids prepare for upcoming shows, they also learn new music. This year, the band will perform a show called "A New Me."
"The show is about celebrating in life that you can always change for the better or do something to change your life for the better. Under the show title, we have a selection of music called The Outcast," Edwards said.
The Outcast was written by a composer named Craig Fitzpatrick. The band is also playing music with melodies from The Swan and The Going Home by Dvorak.
The Trojans will have a preview performance of their new show at 6:30 p.m. Friday, when band camp ends.