Mirror On The Wall, Is Miamisburg The Fairest Of Them All?

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Some groups take a more literal approach to their show concepts: such as Carmel’s (IN) “Voyage to Valhalla” and its characteristic visual and musical depiction of Vikings, or Lebanon's (OH) literal flexing of props and pitch in their rather abstract show, “Flex.” 

Occasionally, however, a group takes a more abstract approach to their show theme; this is the case with Miamisburg's (OH) production called “One Bad Apple.”

Who's The Fairest Of Them All?

The group made its first appearance at the 2018 BOA Oxford Regional on the first weekend of the season. As they strive towards the end goal of BOA Grand National Championships in mid-November, they will fine-tune their 2018 program.

At its core, the show revolves around the popular phrase “one bad apple ruins the bunch,” but Miamisburg takes it one step further by incorporating the story of Snow White. This theme is brought to life by color guard members tossing around a large apple throughout the show, with one guard performer dressed as the evil queen. 

The field is staged in a way that mimics a throne room, complete with a giant throne placed on the front half of the field. Miamisburg also uses several large mirrors during the latter part of the show, as referenced in the original Snow White story.

Musically, the show is centered around Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, mixed with original compositions by arranger Andrew Markworth. Themes of jealousy, temptation, revenge, and triumph can be clearly heard in the music through the blend of original music and Beethoven’s 7th symphony.

A beautiful flute solo during the ballad creates emotions of sadness, while the end of the third movement makes the audience relish in the victory that Snow White has over her oppressors. The various reprisals of Beethoven's 7th throughout the show also showcase the low brass and gives an air of mystique and power throughout.

Watch Miamisburg (OH) perform at the 2018 Bands of America Grand National Championships on November 8-10.

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