Thank you for the feature on local marching bands (Friday Night Live Halftime Show,

My dad was a high school music director, and I know during football season he spent countless hours in our basement after school coming up with halftime programs, arranging all the music and the routines to put on a near-perfect show.

As a marching band member myself, in both high school and college, I know the hours spent after school memorizing music and the steps. The only non-band people who seemed to appreciate the amount of work we put in were some of the football team who saw us practicing before and after school while they practiced, and because we boosted their morale at the away games.

So thank you for highlighting this often-overlooked part of the football experience.

Debbie Near