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New Hampton band prepares for tribute to veterans

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by Danielle Wagner

NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) Carl Rowles and the New Hampton High School band are practicing for an upcoming concert.

The "Parade of Bands" concert is February 21st and features fifth through 12th grade concert bands. The final performance of the evening is a special tribute to veterans in Chickasaw County.

"The high school band is performing 'The Lost Battalion'.  It's written by a college classmate of mine, Eric Michael Martin, currently a grad student for composing at the University of Oklahoma. I wanted to have a piece written for my students to premiere," said Carl Rowles.

The song is based on Taps. Along with the music, these independent studies in technologies students are putting together a movie using pictures of veterans.

"While the band is playing it will be on the background on a big screen," said student Bryant Baltes.

Band Instructor Carl Rowles said the idea of incorporating video into the performance came from his fellow teachers.

Each year New Hampton English students interview veterans and make movies for a special veterans appreciation ceremony in May.

Back in the band room, the students are practicing hard for the performance, which they hope conveys thanks and appreciation.

"It's a really nice song and it really respects service members and veterans for their courageous efforts to be there for us," said student Tyler Hackman.

While we typically recognize veterans in May and November, Rowles hopes people in Chickasaw County honor veterans all the time.

"As my high school band director told me when I talked to her, there's no bad time to honor veterans," he said.

The concert is Monday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the New Hampton High School.

You can still submit a picture of a Chickasaw County veteran for the slide show. Just take pictures to the New Hampton High School office.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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