Hernando High School Tigers integrated their school’s mascot into their show concept this year. The villainous tiger, “Shere Khan,” in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” was their theme. They opened with “Paprikash” by Mississippi native Julie Giroux. Their second piece, “Dhoom Again” had a drum feature and dance break. The final number was “Divertimento in F” by Jack Stamp.
“We could tell the students’ favorite was the drum feature to ‘Dhoom Again,’ said Victoria Jones, HHS Assistant Band Director. “The energy they created during that movement radiated throughout the stadium.”
Jones said the marching activity in band programs has shifted towards a more modern, hip-hop, and jazz inspired dance choreography.
“Our show portrayed power and aggression,” said Jones. “The pageantry associated with this activity has evolved exponentially in the past decade. This year, we stepped out of our comfort zone and grew as performers, both musically and visually.”
“Our band mantra is ‘believe in the experience,’ and our students really focused on their own personal growth and journey,” Jones added.