Monday, August 26, 2013

Script Madoka a breakthrough for the Marching Ultimates

Script Madoka a breakthrough for the Marching Ultimates

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
October 24, 2051

Ashley Kennelworth, a senior music major from Hamilton, Ont., is the drum major for the Mitakihara University Marching Ultimates, which won the DCI World Championships for the 10th straight year earlier this calendar year. Kennelworth believes that the time had come a long time ago for a Script Madoka formation to be implemented as part of the marching band's routine.

"A lot of the finest universities have script formations," Kennelworth said in an interview from her dorm room on campus. "There's Texas, Cal, UCLA, Ohio State...many universities have their script formations. When we first heard about our university having a tertiary identity for the athletics teams, we asked [Mitakihara Director of Bands] Dr. [Mary] Cochran if we could implement a marching band version of the formation.

"We spent three weeks perfecting the formation while playing On (Fight On, Mitakihara) as part of the pregame show. None of us are going to show you the details until this week's game because the practice was held behind closed doors and those who were allowed to witness it were held to an oath of secrecy to not leak any details.

"But we like the choreography of this formation, and what the fans will see at the stadium is up to par with other schools with script marching formations. I think the people who come out will be impressed by what they see on the field this weekend. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, too."

Mitakihara host the Fresno State Bulldogs on Oct. 28 at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara Town, B.C. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a complementary Script Madoka underwear, T-shirt and pin package, courtesy of the Roseluck Arrow Boosters and Men About Town. The game will be televised by The Mtn., City, TVA Sports, and both NHK and BBC online.

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