Sound of Gold to present Disney show during marching season

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 2, 2019

Straughn High School’s Sound of Gold has prepped their show for the past two weeks getting ready for marching season.

The band’s show this year will feature everything Disney with selections like “How Far I’ll Go,” “Bare Necessities,” Part of Your World,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

“I wanted to do a Disney show this year because Disney is, of course, popular,” Band director Daniel Walden said. “Especially with all of the new live action remakes. The kids love it. When I handed them the music last May, they were very excited. Even performing the songs over and over again during band camp, they have shown excitement.”

Even with the sun brightly in Walden’s face, he said the weather hasn’t been too hot during band camp.

“I think we have had great weather all week during band camp,” Walden said. “Up until yesterday, it hasn’t been too hot. I think it has been a successful band camp.”

Walden said he is looking to improve the entire year.

“We are always pushing and striving to be better every year,” Walden said. “We are excited to march in competitions and march at football games every Friday. We are ready to improve on what we did last year.”

Next Thursday, the band will perform what they have learned from band camp to the general public and parents.

“This performance gives us an opportunity to shake off those first performance nerves,” Walden said. “That way when we march onto the field at the first football game it’s technically not our first performance. It is also an opportunity to let the kids show off to their parents what they learned all week.”

This is not Walden’s first year at Straughn anymore, but it is the first year that he has had a newborn baby during band camp.

“It has been interesting,” Walden said. “I wouldn’t say that it has been a struggle. I would say it has been more of an adjustment making sure that I am spending enough time at home and enough time with the students here.”