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It's just after 9 a.m. and sweat is already falling from his brow into his eyes.
He stands at attention, awaiting commands from his band director. It's his second day of band camp and the director praises his work, asking that fellow marchers model him when they march.
Across town, marching band members at the other high school dance together as they work to finalize choreography for their upcoming show. Minutes later, they head inside to beat the heat and work on their music.
Taylor County and Campbellsville high school marching band members are at work this week perfecting their marching and playing skills.
At TCHS, band camp is this week and next, and members are learning workout and other routines to help get in shape.
TCHS band director Stephen Bishop said the TCHS band is about 65 members strong this year, about the same as last year.
This year's show is themed "Who I Am" and is based on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bishop said, and features music from all genres, from classical to pop.
"Each of the two characters in the show have their own musical theme, which is taken from two pretty familiar songs. The 'Jekyll' theme is 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls and the 'Hyde' theme is Britney Spears' 'Toxic.'
"We are also playing selections from the musical 'Sweeney Todd,' Mozart's 'Symphony # 25,' Verdi's 'Requiem' and soundtrack music from the Sherlock Holmes movie featuring Robert Downey Jr."
At camp, Bishop said, students will learn the fundamentals of marching, as well as marching band vocabulary and choreography and dance.
"It's very important that the students have a solid foundation in both playing and marching as we begin to prepare our field show," he said.
While today is only the fourth day of camp, Bishop said it's going well so far.
"We are moving slow and steady making sure students understand all of the concepts. We are doing our best with the hot weather and are making sure to take proper precautions to prepare their bodies for camp and the rest of the season."
Field commander this year is Chelsea Mehegan, a senior flutist. She was also commander last year.
The TCHS marching season begins with football games in August and at a competition in Adair County at the end of the month.
Bishop said he has high expectations for the season.
"We strive to push ourselves a little further each year," he said. "We are very excited about the potential for this show. We are in a very competitive class and it always pushes us to be at the top of our game.
"We are especially looking forward to competing in Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis in November. The students will get to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium in front of thousands of people. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we are all excited about."
Across town at Campbellsville High School, band director Zach Shelton's students are working on choreography and learning their music for this year's show.
There are 25 members strong this year, an increase of six from last year.
This year's show is titled "Hopelessly Corrupted," Shelton said, and the music is from the movie "Avatar."
CHS' camp lasts through Monday and has been exciting and productive so far, Shelton said.
The band won't have a field commander this year, Shelton said, because of its small size.
The CHS band will compete alongside the TCHS band at the Adair County competition on Aug. 24.
"If camp is an indicator, we shall be very successful," Shelton said.