Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Marching music for the New Hampshire Primary — Spartans and Londonderry High School

To celebrate today's New Hampshire primary, I'm recycling the concept behind Marching music for the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, Colts and Hawkeyes for the Granite State.  I didn't do this four years ago, skipping right from Marching music for the Iowa Caucuses: Colts and Hawkeyes to A Drum corps Super Tuesday.  I'm not making that mistake again.  I want my readers to have some music to listen to while they wait for the results from today's primary, too.

I begin with the 2013 Spartans of Nashua, New Hampshire, performing their 2013 program, Live Free!

"Live Free" happens to be part of the New Hampshire state motto, "Live Free or Die."  I think that's an appropriate thought for today.

Next, the Spartans referring to the Greek origins of their name in the corps' 2014 show, Olympus.

That's the most recent clip of a Spartans championship show performance on Drum Corps International's YouTube channel, so I'm going to change ensembles to feature.*  Now on to a marching music group from New Hampshire that more people have seen than the Spartans, the Londonderry High School Lancer Marching Band, who marched in the 2018 Rose Parade.  Here they are, performing their field show at Bandfest, as recorded by Music213.

From Londonderry, New Hampshire
Londonderry High School Lancer Marching Band & Colorguard performing their field show at the 38th Annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Bandfest on Saturday, December 30, 2017.
It's a baseball show, so it includes music from "Field of Dreams," tying this show back to the Iowa Caucuses.

I conclude with Music213's video of them marching in the Rose Parade.

From Londonderry, New Hampshire
Londonderry High School Lancer Marching Band performing at the 129th Annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday, January 1, 2018
I hope my readers enjoyed all the performances I shared.  I also hope that "New Hampshire does a better job at counting the votes and picking the winner, survivors, and losers than Iowa did," as I wrote yesterday.

I plan on doing this again for Nevada on Saturday, February 22nd, and South Carolina on Tuesday, February 29th.  Nevada doesn't have any drum corps, so I'll feature marching bands, but South Carolina has Carolina Crown.  I'm looking forward to both and I hope my readers are, too.  In the meantime, stay tuned for a celebration of Darwin
Day tomorrow.

*There are unofficial clips of more recent performances, but sharing them might attract the attention of organizations who might ask YouTube to take them down, and official clips of older performance, but I want to save them for four years from now.  I'm an environmentalist.  I not only recycle, I conserve my resources.


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    Drop on by and see if you can leave a comment. I have to approve your registration unless you want to use the public alias I describe one article down last week. I'm going to a Green Party meeting tonight so I won't be approving anybody for a few hours but since nobody registers at my website I won't stress about anything.

    1. Thanks for dropping by and inviting me to comment at your blog. I used the public alias to comment as "Barking Dog" for now.