Hazen High's band is game ready, newly attired
RENTON, Wash. -- While some students are just stepping foot on school grounds for the first time this school year, some have been practicing for the first football game of the season.
We are not talking about the players.
Hazen High School in Renton has and marching band that knows how to thrill a football crowd.
"Before school even starts, this year our kids had over three weeks of practice," said Chris Coy the director of the band.
At band camp they practice every day 9 to 6 leading up to the first game of the season.
Coy was brought on board six years ago to start the program, and he's not an easy coach.
"He's really hard on us but in a good way," says band member Alexandra Kha. "He knows what we have to do, what we are capable of and always pushes us toward that. He pushes us toward our limits and that's the only reason we are where we are today,"
"Marching band becomes more of a team sport than say a football team," said Coy. "No offense to them, but with 80 people on the field at one time all of these guys have to be able to move in the same direction at the same time. They have to all coordinate their movements or else somebody could get hurt, ruin the formation, they'd lose the game essentially,"
"At first it's hard," said band member Annalisa Luna. "but as you get older it starts getting easier. You learn a couple tricks like clinching your core so you don't shake while you're playing,"
This year the band will have a new look.
The kids and community raised $50,000s to give them top of the line new uniforms.
But it's the work the band member put in day after day that will really get the looks on game day.
"It really takes commitment from the students. It takes a lot of self-discipline, and it really takes energy and excitement about music," said Coy.