The bands from Marion and Hillsboro high schools proved Friday night that their respective communities can indeed make harmonious music together. Orchestrated by directors Adam Johnson of MHS and Gregg Walker of HHS, the two bands performed during the halftime of the Marion-Hillsboro football game.
The symbolism was striking, particularly in the context of a high-tension matchup between the schools’ respective football teams.
At some levels, Marion and Hillsboro may always be in competition with each other. It’s natural to want your hometown to be the best it can be, and even to be better than the community down the road. But even so, those natural inclinations don’t have to keep us butting heads. We can determine to pick up our instruments, stand side by side with players from the neighboring town and contribute our talents to the common goal of a unified, harmonious future.
A unified band sounds richer and fuller than either one does on its own. —DR