By JENNIFER MEIER
THE GOSHEN NEWS
ELKHART — It’s hard to talk about this year’s Elkhart Central marching band show, “The Hunted,” without focusing on senior standout Carol Weirich.
“We have a very talented band member who is a horn player and a really exceptional pianist,” said Director Scott Garner. “And so with that in mind there has been some music that I’ve been wanting to do and just hadn’t had the right combination of people to do it.”
The music features progressive rock from the band Muse and the right combination of people includes Weirich.
“We wanted to do something different with the piano and not just have someone that sits and plays that for the whole show,” Garner said. “She is going to transition from playing the piano to going in the horn line.”
It will be a lot of work for Weirich, who is looking forward to the challenge.
“I can’t wait for competition — to show everyone how this is going to play out,” Weirich said.
In part I, Weirich plays the piano while the band begins to hunt her down.
“I am playing by myself at the beginning, so I can be very free with how I play,” Weirich said. “I can set my own tempo and that will be a lot of fun.”
During part II, Weirich leaves her piano for a mellophone and the chase scene begins.
Part III has Weirich back at the piano, seeking refuge with the color guard. By the end of the show the roles are reversed.
“The guard leads the hunt for the band,” Weirich said. “And the hunter becomes the hunted.”
Weirich began piano lessons at age 5 and started French horn in the sixth grade. She plans to study music education at college next fall.
Overall the Garner is pleased with the early season progress.
“It’s been a really good summer for us,” Garner said. “The kids seem to really be on board with the show, and they are a great group to work with.”