On September 15th, the Scots played a home game against the Firestorms, and the Band played for them as always--with an added twist. That day was the annual Lyon College Band Day, a day where high school students from far and wide participate in the same activities as Lyon’s collegiate band for a day, including getting the chance to perform alongside them for the halftime show. Not only do they receive a free lunch for that day, but they also get a free Lyon College Band t-shirt to take home with them. This exciting event is currently going on three years running, and is bound to have more.
The third annual Band Day had more participants than both previous years combined, with a total of 140 students attending from 22 different schools across the state of Arkansas. Band director Monty Hill said that “the students and directors had a great experience and really enjoyed the preview day.” One student explained that she loved the Preview Day more than most. Aria Switzer, a student from Mountain View, has come to Band Day for each of the the 3 years it has been offered. She told Mr. Hill that she has long known that Lyon was definitely where she wanted to come to school because of her experiences at Lyon’s Band Day, and has recently applied and been accepted.
For the Lyon College Band, Band Day is a great way to showcase their own hard work and meet younger students in the local areas who might potentially apply to Lyon. For them, Band Day begins early in the morning with strenuous run-throughs of the current season’s marching show, followed by rehearsals of the two songs that are played alongside the Band Day participants, “The Hey Song” and “Shout it Out.” Then, once everything has been prepared for them, the Band Day participants file onto the practice field, ready to receive instruction. They rehearse with the band for as long as it takes to make the halftime performance perfect, and then they break for lunch. The next time they meet is at the game, and for the next few hours, the Lyon College Band members play their hearts out for the Scots and encourage those around them to do the same.
Band Day is an event that has become an exciting tradition for high school and Lyon College students alike, and will hopefully continue to grow Lyon’s band program and increase applications to Lyon overall.