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It’s a great week for group camp at Sturgis High School this week.

“As long as it doesn’t rain,” said director Jim Whitehead. “We are in the 70s (for high temperatures) all week. It should be fun.”

The 116-member band from Sturgis High School is gearing up for their 2022 show “Made to Order” this week. This year, the students were given special treatment. The songs were chosen by them.

The group opens its show with “Everybody Talks” by the American rock band Neon Tree. Inspired by the rock music of 1960, “Everybody Talks” was released in 2011. The song became a hit in October 2012, selling over 2 million digital downloads and reaching number one on the adult pop songs chart.

The band continues with “Hit the Road Jack”, written by Percy Mayfield and recorded by Ray Charles. This song hit number 1 in the US in 1961 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song has become one of Ray Charles’ signature songs.

The band’s third song, “Escape” (The Piña Colada Song) peaked in December 1970 at the #1 song in the US Featured in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, “Escape” has regained popularity in recent years and became a pop classic.

The group ends with the hit song “When I’m Sixty-four”, written by Paul McCartney. It was one of the first songs written by the artist at the age of 14. The song is sung by a young man to his lover and is about his plans to grow old together. With five soloists, the catchy tune is the perfect way to close out the 2022 show, Whitehead said.

“It should be a good show,” he said. “It’s always fun to put together a program. The kids really love the walking season. For many of them, this is the high point of their high school career.

This week, band members rehearse from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. They have fun with themed days like Hawaiian Day, Adam Sandler Day, Clicks Day, Dads Day, and Color Day. The students will put on a community performance at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 to play the most of the show they have prepared. The show will take place at the Marching Band Practice Grounds, located behind SHS. A March Off is also planned from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday for parents.

The music camp is made possible thanks to the help of many. Parents help as well as community staff, many of whom are former band members who come back to help. Meals for the week were provided by area businesses including Abbott, Central Meat Market, Cottage Inn, Culvers, Dairy Queen, El Sembrador, El Taco Loco, Northside Market, Walmart and Wings Etc.

The band operates under the direction of Whitehead with Trisha Fontanilla and Lauren Whitehead acting as drum majors.

Members of the Sturgis High School marching band rehearsed the national anthem Monday at the band camp.
Jim Whitehead is the group principal of Sturgis High School.

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