Penn State band practices at Mason High School

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The Penn State Blue Band rehearsed at the Mason High School football field for its Oct. 26 game against Michigan State.

The rehearsal was open to the public and began at 5 p.m. 

The band and color guard brought cinema to life, performing the Marvel Avengers theme.

Casey Anderson plays clarinet for the Mason High School marching band and said, “I’m thinking about going to State, trying to get in there and play the alto. It really gives me an idea of what the college band environment is like.”

Blue Band members practice their show, worked on techniques such as proper handling and placement of the instruments, marching form, and speaking cohesively. 

Mason senior Dalton Carron has been playing the bass drum for four years and he says he hopes to play in college at either Michigan State or Western Michigan University. Carron says he can see an obvious difference with the way the Blue Band practices and the way his high school band practices.

“I wanna say the discipline (is different). Maybe it’s because they’re more mature but, honestly, it’s like a four-year age difference, so it’s not that much. The way they’re coordinated, the way they play, the way they have that bond is really cool.” Carron said. 

The Mason High School Bulldogs football team had a game of its own that night, taking a 8-0 record against Eaton Rapids. The Bulldogs won, 48-6, completing their first 9-0 regular season.