Dressed in red, black and green, the Red Deer Royals Marching show band unveiled its 2018 field show called Human Nature on its home turf.
The band hosted the 2018 Marching Showband Classic at Lindsay Thurber High School sports field Sunday.
Michael Mann, Red Deer Royals director, said the local marching band’s unique performance depicted life in forest and portrayed destruction of nature by humans.
“The show ends with forest coming back to life and being a happy place again,” he said.
Six other bands joined the Royals from Edmonton and Calgary to put on the musical show.
Nearly 2,000 spectators with their hats and cameras filled the bleachers at the Red Deer sports field to watch various Alberta marching show bands in action. Mann estimated about 3,000 people were in attendance between performers, their crew and spectators.
Mann said each band puts in hundreds of hours to prepare – focusing on everything from music, the drill, and choreography.
“The youth in our community is doing something that requires commitment, dedication and hard work,” he said.
Mann said about 70 volunteers – including parents and members of the community at large – helped put on the event that cost about $18,000.
All performances were adjudicated, and performers were given feedback on what went well and what didn’t.
The Red Deer Royals will celebrate their 50th season next year.