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AHS band ‘Inspired’ for another year

Adamsville band practicing the fundimentals of marching. Staff Photo by Andrew Alexander

Being “Inspired” is nothing new to Adamsville High School band director Frankie Congiardo and his band of about 60 high school students. In fact, that is the title of this year’s field show.

“We are asking the question, ‘Who and what inspired you to be the person you are?’” said Congiardo.

The original music, written by Frank Sullivan with percussion parts by Congiardo, is performed in four chapters of a person’s life.

The band has been working hard all summer, with about one rehearsal per week to prepare for band camp, which started this week, according to Congiardo. A special camp for freshmen was held last week. Now, the full band is in the middle of intense rehearsals in outside in hundred degree weather from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, starting on Monday. For the rest of the week, they will be learning marching fundamentals and music and drill for this year’s show.

When school starts, the band will be preparing most days after school to perform at almost every Friday night football game, as well as preparing for competitions on Saturdays beginning in September and lasting until the first of November.

If the past is any indicator of the band’s future, this year will not disappoint. 

Congiardo has been band director at Adamsville, which is his own alma mater, for 27 years. Of those 27 years, the band has been in first place at the Division I state competition six times, making it into the elite ranks of top ten many times. 

In 2009 and 2010, the band won first place; if they win again this year, it will be their third year in a row to take home the top trophy. They often take home additional championship trophies from other competitions all over west Tennessee as well.

However, when asked about his goals for the band this year, Congiardo did not say that it was about winning.

“We just want to have fun and increase everybody’s marching and playing abilities,” he stated. “We really try to give these kids experiences that they can take with them to whatever they do in their lives. There are so many life skills you can learn from band. We want them to learn something beyond just how to play this song or how to march this set. Giving them life skills like teamwork is the important thing. And we use music to do that.”

Spectators can catch Adamsville’s band in action at the halftime shows of AHS football games or at one of many competitions they will be traveling to this year. Schedules for both will be announced soon.

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