Cyclone Sound performs for DC-G students

Clint Cole - Editor

Cyclone Sound, a group made up of members of the ISU Marching Band, shows off its talents both musically and visually in gymnasiums throughout the winter. Dallas Center-Grimes Meadows students and High School students got a chance to see and hear this for themselves on Thursday as Cyclone Sound put on their show in Meadows Gym.

The students got to see Cyclone Sound perform with a color guard feature, a solo from its feature twirler, a drum line feature and the show with the whole band put together, including all of the horns.

Their show was “The History of Music” and including a tribal drumming feature, songs such as Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” songs from the Beatles, Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” and more.

Cyclone Sound performed at several schools on Thursday and Friday and the Cyclone Marching Band’s assistant director, Christian Carichner, said the tour was about spreading arts and culture as well as recruiting for their athletic bands.

“The students work really hard and they like to perform for people,” Carichner said. “It’s no fun to perform for an empty room, so getting out to be in the schools means a lot because they’re generally of the same age so they really like and appreciate what other people are doing.”

Between features, Carichner and director of the Cyclone Marching Band, Steven Smyth, took time to talk to the students about getting involved in activities in college, encouraging them to join clubs and organizations that fit their passions and interests, whether it be music or something else.

Usually, Cyclone Sound performs for just band students, but at DC-G on Thursday, all the students from Meadows and from the High School packed into the gymnasium to see the performance before being dismissed for the day.

“This was awesome that it was the whole school,” Carichner said. “Our kids love performing for large groups and it’s… almost an added challenge because, you perform for other band students and sometimes they’re either too critical or they just appreciate it for what it is, but sometimes performing for non musicians is a lot of fun because that’s real life.”