Randy Greenwell/ Matt James

Mike Lawson • Archives • October 22, 2006

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By Jennifer H. McInerney
Photos by Karl J. Pfeffer Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.

After months of training and preparation, it’s unusual that the members of the Lawrence Central High School Marching Band in Indianapolis, Ind., would allow themselves to be held back at performance time. Yet during this past marching season, they were literally surrounded by larger-than-life yellow and black caution tape as they made their way across the field during the first movement -“Confinement” – of their show. Over the past 11 years, band directors Randy Greenwell and Matt James, along with their staff, have developed a reputation for going beyond the boundaries of a typical marching show.

In last season’s “Breakthrough,” performed to the music of Michael Schelle, the marching band illustrated the concept of breaking away from confines represented by the yellow tape – which band members created and painted themselves – played out during three movements: Confinement, Escape and The Other Side.

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