For the roughly 165 teens in the Center Grove Marching Trojans, preparing for a band season takes the time commitment of a part-time job.
The students practice music and marching more than 17 hours a week to prepare for performances at football games and at regional and national competitions. The Trojans also are one of 12 high school marching bands from around the world that have been invited to participate in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Adding in more practice hours to prepare for the parade isn’t an option. The band already puts in a seven-hour Saturday practice on most weekends and will practice around competitions on other weekends. Besides, director Kevin Schuessler doesn’t want the teens exhausted after competition season, when they will board buses for a whirlwind six-day trip to New York City.