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4A THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS , n , Thursday, SHS Wildcats begin fOot:ball practice T.he:Sul fior High School Wildcat footbalt~am opened their practice sessibnsi Monday The team will prac- tice-twic~ dpily, at 7 a.m and 5 p.m., untillthe:91aening of school, Monday. The team.will play a scrimmage, Sat- urda),, ht )0;a.m., at the practice field located" "at" the Wildcat Community Track. The'Wildcats, with Brandon Siegel as their head coach, will shift to the eight man team format this season. The annual Soap and Sport Drink scrim- mage is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19. They open their season with a road trip to DeWitt, Friday, Aug. 26, when they play Tri County. Be sure to check this newspaper's web pages lit superiome.com for pic- tures and stories not published in the printed edition. Members marching, Monday, on the opening day of the week-long band camp. Above, Allison White, music August 11, 2016 / of the Superior Junior and Senior High School mamhing band practiced the fundamentals of formation Superior school system, puts the band members through their paces. White plans for the band to perform on the football instructor for the field during halftime at home games this fall. Remembering Life in Superior By Richard L. Schmeling In 1956, Ralph Spongberg, the in- strumental music instructor at Supe- rior High School had group of dedi- cated band students. He was a person- able man who made you want to "in- vest" in his music program. In addition to playing at the SHS home football games and marching in local parades, Spongberg promoted the appearance of the marching band at various music events throughout the state. Every year we would partici- pate in "Melody Roundup" sponsored by Hastings College, marching in a parade and playing in a mass concert at the halftime of a Hastings Bronco's football game. The band also went every year to Grand Island for its "Harvest of Har- mony." There we also paraded in the downtown area. Marching bands were Lincoln. Don Lentz, director of bands, came up with the idea in the 1930s when football attendance was particu- larly sparse. About 40 high school marching bands would be invited to Lincoln on the Saturday of a home game. Because there were more than 40 high schools with marching bands in Nebraska, that meant that we could not go to band day every year. We went about every other year. By the time I was in eighth grade, the high school band would take good junior high age students into the high school band and I marched at least starting in eighth grade. Thus, I would have gone to band day in 1954, 1956 and 1958. Fast forward to 2015, I'm eating lunch at Peperjacks, a restaurant in south Lincoln which specializes in Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. The recipe came from Philadelphia, home also invited to the Nebraska State Fair of the Philly. As I wait in line to place in Lincoln and we went about every my order, there are historic photos on The. horn section of the combined Superior Junior and Senior High School marching band polish their parade technique during the band camp, under the year. It was usually hot for the state the wall obtained from the collection direction of Allison White, Superior schools music instructor, at the Wildcat Community Track, Monday. Cheyenne Franzen leads the section as Jetta Sunday fair and our heavy wool band uni- of the Nebraska State Historical Soci- (left), Morgan Theis, Cailyn Barry, Leah Ehlers, Noelle McMeen, Tate Rothchild, Tage Rothchild and Chloe Barkow follow Franzen's lead forms, perfect for fall football games, ety. There are a wide variety of views bona fide non-profit organization is were much too hot. The trip back showing old scenes in Lincoln and one S .. . . selected that is information based to homehadabusloadoftiredbandsmen is entitled "Band Day - 1956." It was The good news is that band day is upenor schools ]Voh ,~.C/./~.I9 Zq'tt.l.l.rf~,fl.re.IT)ro~rlT.TTi. educate fairgoers about their service, smelling like a football locker room takenfromtheroofofabuildingalong coming back--at least a bit of it. The hold band cam- . - ................ t" "0 .... without collection of money or items, after a hard practice? We would pa- OStreetandshowedhighschoolbands NU Marching Band invited tuba play- . . 1J I' -t that entry will receive $2,500 from the rade around the fair grounds several parading down O Street near the inter- ers from high school bands around the Superior Junior and Senior High c rl, ouri, oe8 wtnners TOY idol 0 Nebraska State Fair." times a day and got to stay for the section of 12th and O. country to come to Lincoln and m,,arch Schobl band members are meeting ~ evening grandstand show. One spe- The line was moving slowly and I with the NU band for Tuba Day on Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. The Nebraska State Fair Cares pro- tance of foster care. Things to do in cial hazard at the state fair for this bass had time to study the photo. Whoa Sept. 12. Fifty visiting tubas from across !o 5 p:m. f6r their band camp. Music gram has selected Compass fromSkillsUSANebraskainLincolnem_~,dk,,~,l,,, ,~loo,l,,~ drummerwas thehorses that would go Nellie? Those band uniforms and hats the nation marched as a result. (Tech- instructor .Allison White and the 45 Keamey and SkillsUSA Nebraska of powers its members to become world- alt;ua u,~ct ~u.tAa~ along the fairgrounds streets leaving look familiar! That looks a lot like the nically, the players played Sousaphones members ot the band are preparing for Lincoln as first and second place en- class workers, leaders and responsible a heat wave horsepies in their wake. Superior High School Marching Band? which sound the same as a tuba but the upc6ming school year perfor- tries, respectively. American citizens~ They improve the When scorching hot temperatures Band members wore white shoesTheyear 1956 wasrightforSuperiorto have their bells curved to the front to ma~eS~arn_willi ........ According !o Shaun Schleif, Ne- qualityofAmerica sskilledworkforce are expected, stay-cool at these Ne- to go along with the white trim on the have gone to band day. That's the SHS project the sound out rather than up. A p ncmue pracuce roy nrasKa atatermr sponsorship anomar- through a structured program of citi- braska destinations red uniforms. My mother knew I band right at the front of the photo! I conventional tuba has its bell pointed ~enPtP l~2de ~har~tgorb:::m. at~e~tst kretmrgdi~?t~, (;?:1 State Fmr Cares zenship, leadership, employability, Water Parks: Relax theday away at needed awent to eithergdBenPairHill;sf shoeSMen,sandstoreWe Historicalrdered acOpysociety.from thei,mNebraskacarryingStatethe concertUP and thebandSOUndbut notgeSgoodUP" OkaYfor march-fra ,..... t.=,~.:__, _. .... .v , ~ . r' .~ . .. p, oonalme non-technical and professional skills train- a cool poolside at some of Nebraska' s orTroudt s, both of which had men's bass drum in the center of the drum ing). two tla.lt.tHllt~ ;SHOWS uunng nome loot- prom organizations mrougnout the in~ Thev will use their tim,' -* th, .... ,,,, ;.o.t.el ball games. Other topics covered dur- state by allowing them premium ac- ,,r'~/.___,./o ........ " .......~." v .... .- ........ shoes, audboughtapairofwhitebucks rank. Perhaps we can have "Tuba and in~ the camp will include the f.nrla ,-,~ tn th,. ,,r..u.^_t.^ e .... ~_: ., -. ~cu~anr, at otateraxronprogram aware- ' Museums: ~'ljoy me air conumon- mentalsofx;larchin.~h-d~-;~,~fgr~..~[~_ta~r'~a%atc~VlS~[Ors ness:a!!d tO showcase.their organiza, ~ mg and learn a thing or two at the same and wh'.'te shoe polish to keep them As band evelats evolge~t~Day'r next year and then add new musical works~o the band sr;'~ t~n~o;~;;~ram a;~nnas' item co,!ec- tions benefitsIo N~braska Families .... time at these institutions! nice and white, marching bands i~sually have a b~er~ ii ~n0ther instrument each season until ...... ' r,- .. v , g ~ . e less. ~rg~za- Compass, as the trLrSt place entry, Ice cream shops: Enjoy a cool treat Not putting your nice white shoes that says "Podunk Skunks Marching we have entire bands coming. ~tuX~ite who is be~.innin__ her fourth ~n?dpp~ing~rthei~eras,~aState will receive the following: 10gatead- on a hot day at some of your favorite inthemiddl-ofahorsepie waseasy Band to identify the band which is MyhatisofftoRolandWages, Don "ear as the "~"~:~ ~-~-'-- ~ ......... sp, g , mustoemKeeping missiontickets,10parkingpasses, three sweet shoos! for most band members because, if carried by two ch_eerleaders or band Kronburg and the other members of .,u~.. -=~uuctor /or me wire me ~neoras~a ~tate raft mission hotel rooms, access to more than When6nderanexcessiveheatwatchthey were not playing a tune but just members who aren t good at playing the Superior School Board. Instead of Superior school system, will be as- statement in providing for the100,000fairgoersontheNebraskaState the National Weather Service encour- marching, they could easily avoid the their instruments or marching, butcan having to travel in school buses, our sisted by Taylor Anderson, who will underserved in agriculture, education, Fair second weekend, Sept 4-6ages everyone to drink plenty of fluid horsepies because they could look at betrustedtocarryabanner.Backinthe band rode in the relatively comfortable workwith the percussion section. The and Nebras_k,a families. As the second place entry, limit outdoor time find shade when the street and see them. Unfortunately, 1950s, theband was identified by hay- road buses of the Superior-Fairbury- band will don new uniforms this year. Compass mission is to assistyouth SkillsUSA Nebraska will receive f0 outside and check up on relatives and with the big bass drum out in front of ing the name of the high school painted Lincoln Bus Line owned and operated The 6a'ganization has acquired 60 new and families successfuIly navigate life gate admission tickets, 10 narkine neiohbors Formorehfformationabout me, I couldn't see whatwas ahead of on the drum heads on both sides of the by Lee Wall. Even in the 1950s, pri- uniforms funded with monies raised by providing programs and services "as .... t.___ t. ........ r ~, ~,, ........ me in the streetupclose. Sure enough, drum. vate automobiles were emptying out by the band boosters The band will that~-~--t---: ......... ~ ...... ,_ c_ . IJ boa, UllCt::: llOtt.~l rooms, access to travel, events ann unique Qestmatlons partici,,ateintwomarch~n-~ban~lc-'L- 77"',~.,"'v"~,~:.acvc'~.nmgtwm'tster 85,000 fairgoers on the Nebraska State in Nebraska, order your free travel plop, right in the middle of the The first bass drum that I carried ~epassengertrainsandhighwaybuses. petitions durin- October~ The-.c--m: heal_my reta.nons ann pr.om%ecgune.c- Fair first weekend, Aug. 27-28. guide today at VisitNebraska com horsepie? I had to find a water faucet had thelettering on it, but in later years, I m sure Lee Wall liked the revenue nerform at Har~es ..... ='" --- ~ ~-~y u.un~, to me,~ community, their m~s. Schleif said, 'q'he Nebraska State Then stay connected with Nebraska and give the right shoe a good rinse to the SHS band had a narrower parade from the charters and drivers like Stub v , .., tutrammuny resu- shun lsrumneamrougnrostercareana Fairwillmatchthedollaramn.nt,*,,,,~l W .... mum nn etn,r Viit Nl~hralen undo the damage. After that, I would drum without lettering and this is the Garrells made extra money weekends vai, ?rand Island, the first weekend of family support Their goal at the Ne .... I- .................. -"~-'~:t.T"L"":'"; ....................watch the people in the file (a line drum that appears in the photo. You driving the charters rather than work- - _ to mc v~uucutuunauons~money, clom- Pacelx)OK page. octot~er then strut their stutt at the braska State Fair is to educate tairgoers ing, product) received uv to ~;10 000 The mission of the Nebraska Tour- from front to back in band or military can't tell if the drum has lettering on it ing the counter at Wall Auto Supply. Minden Band Fest in the middle of about their program as well as talk forfirstplaceselection, anl ulg tO $5',000 ism Commission is to expand unit as opposed to a "rank" which is because at the moment the photo was Editor'sNote: Theauthor, Richard October. specifically to guests about the impor- for the second place selection, if a Nebraska s dynamic and diverse travel the side to side line of marchers). As taken, the drum is angled slightly to- Schmeling was raised in Superior. He .... - .......,,,,r,, -~" ......................... ., I industry making it more viable by cre- the front of the band approached the ward the photographer and you can t left Superor following high school ~'~r ~'~ ........... [ ating awareness, attracting increased horsepie, I would notice the people in see the drum heads. No doubt, I was graduation. Now retired and living in ut .... W|[l llfl illl_ ! visitors which results in greater tour- frontofmeinthefilemovetotheright yelling something to one of the other Lincoln, Neb., hefrequentlyrecallsfor ,,,,L~UH ~vn~ n,Jn,~u I ism revenue and economic gain or left and l knew that l had better do drummers and turned slightly so that the readers of this newspaper stories it too. my yell would carry over the rumble of from his growing up years in Superior. ]ENTAL CLINIC .// 1, throughout the state. To learn more, go The ultimate band trip was band the drums. Thephoto he refers to is printed on the EST |~84 Comprehensive Family OentisW including Cosmetic, to VisitNebraska.com. day at the University of Nebraska in I don't know how many photos the next page. 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