SHORT GAP - The members of the Frankfort High School Marching Band are excited for the upcoming fall season.

SHORT GAP - The members of the Frankfort High School Marching Band are excited for the upcoming fall season.  
The 78-member group recently completed band camp and is continuing to prepare for its first official performance on Friday,  as the Falcons open their football season at home verses Moorefield.
Senior drum major Alexandra Griffith is very excited about this year’s band.  “I am honored to be a part of such a hardworking and dedicated group of musicians,” she said.  “Every year, I am amazed at how fast the band learns a whole field show, and this year was no different in that regard.  
“I’m looking forward to a successful marching season.”
This past June the band graduated one of its finest senior classes – six of those graduates won auditions in the West Virginia All State Band.  Fortunately, the band gained an astounding 25 freshmen.  
“The band is slightly larger,” commented band director Roger Walker, “but it is also a significantly younger group than what we’ve had the past couple of years. Being younger, however, has not slowed us down. It is an honor to work with this determined group of kids – their work ethic is very strong and their attitudes are excellent.”
This season’s field show, “Throwback,” is a collection of popular and classic hits from today and going back to the year 1972.  The show opens with recent hits “Light Em Up” by Fallout Boy and “Someone Like You” and “Rumour Has It” by Adele.  The show moves back to 1989 with “Bad Medicine,” by the legendary group Bon Jovi.  The show closes with the classic rock hitm“School’s Out” by Alice Cooper.
Mr. Walker stated that while the band strives to perform a high quality show that is both musically and visually appealing, it is also committed to producing an energetic and entertaining show for its fans and community.  
“Our top priority is to entertain our very supportive and enthusiastic fan base.  Many of the high school bands in our area perform artistic, contemporary shows that are intended to excel in the competitive marching band realm.  All of them do it really well – there are many fine competitive bands in this region.  While we perform at one or two competitions annually, we consider ourselves more of a show band, which works well with so many of our kids being involved in various activities.”  
Many of the band’s 78 members participate in the school’s fall athletic programs. “We have ten students in soccer, three cheerleaders, and about a dozen on the cross country team.  In our small school, we all have to work together and share students.  At times, it is overwhelming, but I think it is important for kids to be well rounded and have multiple opportunities.  If we limited our students to just one activity, our band would be significantly smaller.”
The band and school community are also thrilled to boast a record 12 students who are currently members of the West Virginia University Marching Band.  
“It is an honor to have so many of our graduates continuing their musical endeavors at the collegiate level,” Walker remarked.  “Seeing Frankfort kids in ‘The Pride of West Virginia’ on game days makes us all swell with pride.”  
WVU band members from Frankfort High School are:  Drum major Zach Helminiak, Branson Anderson (trumpet), Sara Brinsfield (trumpet), Micah Buser (saxophone), Lily Farabaugh (clarinet), Al Hall (tuba), Garrett Grose (trombone), Nicole Nelson (piccolo), Breanna Nestor (color guard), Hannah Rice (clarinet), Sara Ruff (mellophone), and Jerad White (mellophone).
In addition to its packed fall schedule, the band is scheduled to travel to New York City next April, which tentatively includes a performance on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.