Elm Creek band says they're ready to place at this year's Harvest of Harmony parade
ELM CREEK, Neb. —
One local band says they're ready for this year's Harvest of Harmony parade.
Students at Elm Creek have put in the time and dedication to march toward success.
Students getting up every morning at the crack of dawn just to get one step closer to placing at this year's parade.
"There's some days where I have to drag myself out of bed and it's hard to get up this early, but it's all worth it," said 8th Grade band student Tranessa Hasbrouck.
Elm Creek students willing to put in all that it takes just to reach first place and band director John Kosch said he's pushing them past their limits.
"If you give students a taste of success, they're going to want to keep coming back for more," Kosch said.
Kosch marched in the Cornhusker band while in college. This is now his second year at Elm Creek as band director.
"Last year was our first year with our new band director and I think it's been a huge step for Elm Creek band. We've had some struggles in the past. But after the first year, you get over the first bump and then the second year everyone comes back way stronger," said Elm Creek senior Claire Cornell.
Many students said Kosch has really turned the program around.
"We've been doing a lot better, have been seeing a lot more confidence in our playing, in our skills and our improvement in marching has been amazing," said Elm Creek senior Wyatt Hubbard.
Kosch even going as far to time out how long it would take students to march from point A to point B.
"I've been looking at maps for Harvest of Harmony and trying to time out how long it will be from judges stand to judges stand. And I figured out how long it would take our song to play in its entirety," Kosch said.
Kosch said despite Elm Creek being a small rural town, it also has some big goals.
"Just because we're a small school doesn't mean we can't be successful and have a good show. And I think sometimes we try to make an excuse, 'Oh we're just a small school,' but I think we can do anything that anyone else can," Kosch said.
They say they're hoping to go home Saturday with a first place trophy.
The band which has just under 50 students placed third during the University of Nebraska at Kearney band day parade.