Greenville Senior High School Band ready for 2021-22 season under direction of Carl Philipot
GREENVILLE – Greenville Senior High School band director, Carl Philipot was finishing lining the marching band’s practice field in front of the high school by 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning preparing for the final summer rehearsal with season opening performances at Greenville vs Eaton Friday night football game and the Great Darke County Fair’s 7 p.m. Monday night High School Marching Band Spectacular.
“The fair is just more like football stand or pep-tune music,” said Philipot. “It is music that people would relate to or that you would hear at a football game. Our contest show this year is called ‘Imagine’ and is bases off of John Lennon’s Imagine or Willie Wompcas’ ‘Pure Imagination’. That’s the inspiration of the show so the whole idea behind our contest show is Peace, Love and Happiness which I think is a good message for the world right now.”
There is much more a band director must accomplish than meets the eye that goes into preparing for parades, halftime shows and contests.
“There is a lot that goes into it behind the scenes that people maybe just don’t realize,” Philipot shared. “Get here early and line the field when it needs it or just setting up equipment. We have all kinds of different things we have to set up to be able to run rehearsal and then just the background scenes like scheduling busses, the trips and whatnot – designing the shows and hiring staff.”
“We spent all summer out here,” Philipot continued. “Today is our last summer rehearsal so we have a four hour rehearsal this morning and we start our football game this Friday. We have the fair show coming up and we are a competitive band so we are learning a contest show and a fair show. There is just a lot that goes into it but it’s been a lot of fun and the kids have been working really hard.”
As the season moves ahead, there will be competitions the Greenville Band will perform at.
“I always tell the band when we go out, we’re not trying to beat anyone, we’re just trying to improve our self and whatever happens, happens,” Philipot stated. “When it comes down to it, it’s just a panel of judges and their own opinion. Our goal is to go out and strive to be our best each week and not worry about what the other bands are doing but rather go out and support them.”
Mr. Philipot was excited to hear the news that Franklin Monroe will have a band for the first time in 30 years stating, “I think it is really awesome. I wish them the best of luck.”
When practice and rehearsal are completed there is still band director work to be done before Philipot’s day is complete.
“When everyone goes home it doesn’t stop here,” he said. “The kids have to bring their instruments home and learn the music first and then memorize it. We have leadership roles where the older members of the band help the younger ones so they can achieve our goals that we set for the year. I’m really proud of what they’ve done so far – it should be a great year.”