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Band camp Beatlemania

While many Timberwolves spent the last week of summer going to the beach, sleeping in or even cramming AP summer homework, the Northwood Marching Band, affectionately nicknamed the “Wall of Sound,” gathered on campus every day from August 15-19 to prepare for this year’s Beatles-themed field show.

“I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was little. Playing these songs is a dream come true,” junior and clarinet player Anthony Choe said.

The band’s repertoire included “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Hey Jude” along with additional pep tunes. Junior and flute player Karen Sohn described the rigor and difficulty of rehearsals that lasted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the summer heat.

“The practices are physically challenging, but seeing others working hard motivates me to be more proactive and push myself harder,” Sohn said. “The drills won’t always be perfect and the timing may be off, but everyone helps each other and at the end of the day we can all smile and cheer at what we have accomplished.”

Aside from practicing and drills, band members participate in section bonding activities during the camp for the musicians to get to know each other.

“In band camp you are always communicating with others to work efficiently while at the same time having fun,” sophomore and saxophone player Maggie Yang said. “Having camp in the summer allowed me to make new and close friends before school even started.”