Unveiling the day of wrath

Ranger Regiment members recall the process behind their show Dies Irae

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The band unveiled the fourth and final movement at the Up-N-Coming game Sept. 12. Photo by Kedar Collins.

Liam York, Staff Reporter

Some may prefer the third movement for the color guard spotlight performance, but Katherine Cogar and Miguel Rosas said they prefer the first. From laying on the ground at the start to a suspenseful silence before a loud burst of sound in the end, the movement takes the audience from bewilderment to excitement.

Their show is titled Dies Irae which goes through “the day of wrath.” Composed of four movements, it conveys the day of the end of the world where Heaven and Hell fight for the seizure of the human race and right to claim the world.

Beginning with an ancient Gregorian chant, and progressing through movements composed by Mozart, Verdi, and Brahms, the Timothy Gorgas arrangement of Dies Irae helped the Regiment win first place for Outstanding Musical Performance and Outstanding Visual Performance for class AAA bands in Oklahoma last weekend at the Broken Arrow Invitation. It was the first time the band had won a contest award.

The band unveiled the fourth and final movement at the Up-N-Coming game Sept. 12. Although they can perform all four movements, Band Director John Canfield’s mentality is that the piece will never be done. There’s always something to improve on.

“You strive for perfection in art because life isn’t perfect,” said John Canfield.

Canfield said the directors and band members have worked this season on the design of the show and making all of the music, visuals, and all other elements of the show flow for the audience.

“We’ve added new visuals that look like we’re doing some kind of voodoo maybe,” Drum Major Jacy Canfield said.

A visual could be described as a movement of the band or color guard that makes the show more theatrical.

“It’s like we’re performing something and not just marching,” Jacy Canfield said.

Not only has the band incorporated theatrical elements, but they’ve worked at a faster pace.

“People are working harder this year to get it done so we can get to finals,” said sophomore Payton Vincent.

Bailey Dose, a senior drum major said “We’ve worked at a more rigorous pace now that we’re more competitive.”

The elements of the show are also getting the attention of the students. As the band revealed their fourth movement the audience roared in the stands with excitement.

“The crowd actually cheered which is hard with the football crowd,” Jacy Canfield said.

The director doesn’t underestimate the importance of the crowd response which he said can be a challenge.

“It really energizes the band when everybody gets involved in the show,” John Canfield said.

Some students like Zach Leyva are very excited for the band and have enjoyed their performance thus far.

“It’s cool as heck,” Leyva said. “I watch them when I come to school in the morning.”

The Regiment will take their show to USBands The Marching Music Series Dallas Edition Marching Contest Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m.