Jonathan Thomann, director of PCEP Marching Band described “Inferno” as a “hot” show and predicted the team of 170 marchers will heat up Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (site of the nationals) “with great passion.” Plymouth-Canton will compete at four local band competitions, a regional Bands of America event in Toledo and the state championship at Ford Field, before ending their season in mid-November at the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis.“We have a lot of tricks up our sleeve that won’t be seen in the public eye until much later in the season,” Thomann said. Only part one of three music components were finished and demonstrated on Saturday. The students will continue to rehearse a few days each week up to the start of school. Then rehearsals will change to after school and Saturdays.
Once all the introductions were complete, the students picked up their instruments and readied themselves for the opening number of the 2013 show, Inferno. A new musical preshow number was unveiled, which had the strong sound of a vocal choir and quickly grew louder, ending with powerful organ music piping through the speakers.