The duPont Manual "Crimson Sound" Marching Band is one of the the most visible ensembles on the duPont Manual/YPAS campus. The band can be heard and seen throughout the community at all home varsity football games, marching band competitions, parades and pep assemblies. The band consists of students from all 5 magnet programs at duPont Manual High School with a diverse range of talent. This is a great organization for a student to join where they belong to a network of friends right away. This especially helps with incoming freshman as they make the transition from middle school to high school.
The 2016-17 marching band has experienced its largest membership in recent history and will perform at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Electric Light Parade in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people from around the world. This is a trip the band takes every two years. The trip will take place January 12-16 2017.
The marching band is a competitive band, which means band camp and after school rehearsals are focused on developing one "themed" show that is full of challenging music, drill and choreography. The 2016-17 show theme for this season is entitled "MEDUSA" composed by Mr. Key Poulan (arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps). Since the band consists of many All-State and All-County level musicians along with YPAS band majors, the "Crimson Sound" takes great pride in performing challenging and exciting music that excites the football and competition crowds. The band competes in roughly 4-5 marching band contests around the state each year.
Students who join marching band receive a half credit in the fall semester for the class (meets after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45-5:15 pm and a game day Friday rehearsal) and must attend pre-camp and band camp weeks. This is a common practice for all marching bands across the United States. Camp activities start around mid July. During this time, students will begin to work on an overall ensemble sound, learn/memorize show music, learn stands tunes, learn how to march, learn drill and begin to look and sound like a quality marching band. This of course is something that continues throughout the season. The marching band season concludes with the last football playoff games, usually the first week in November. 2017 Contest ResultsClick here for video of our 2017-2018 production "Rise!"
Eastern Invitational (September 16th) *1st Place in Class 5A (KMEA) *5th overall in prelims/7th in finals (out of 14 bands total) *3rd overall in the music performance caption (out of 14 bands total).
Ballard Invitational (September30th) *3rd Place in Class 2A (Mid-States) just behind state finalists Taylor County and Hart County *10th place overall out of 22 bands total and qualified for finals competition.
Butler Traditional Invitational (October 14th) *4th Place in Class 5A (KMEA) *1st Place in Class 5A Percussion (placing above North Hardin, Ballard, Louisville Male and PRP).
Louisville Male Invitational (October 14th) *2nd Place in Class 5A (KMEA) and 4th overall out of 11 total bands. *2nd place in Class 5A Percussion and 2nd overall in percussion out of 11 total bands. *3rd overall in all music captions out of 11 bands total.
KMEA State East Regionals (October 21st) *8th Overall and Advanced to the Class 5A State Semi-finals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
KMEA State Semi-finals(Oct0ber 28th) - first year attending. *15th Overall in the State.
Mid-States Band Association Championships (November 4th) - first year attending. *6th place in preliminary competition. *5th place in finals competition out of 25 total bands. Color Guard finished 7th overall and the percussion section finished 3rd overall.