ANN ARBOR — Former Carson City-Crystal High School varsity quiz bowl team MVP and band member Logan McClintic will be doing a bit more than studying this year at the University of Michigan.
McClintic, who is studying aerospace engineering as a freshman at U of M this year, had the chance to try out for the marching band.
“They held auditions during orientation for anyone that wanted to be in the band,” McClintic said.
He decided to try out for the band because he wanted to. He never expected much to come from it.
“I am just a kid from Carson City,” McClintic said. “I was just doing it for the heck of it. I just wanted to see how I would do.”
Whatever McClintic did during his audition was enough because in the beginning of August he received the news that he had made the band.
“I was happy,” he said. “I was a bit surprised that I made the band and a bit apprehensive about how I would measure up.”
McClintic has been in band ever since the sixth grade. He was Carson City-Crystal’s band drum major during his senior year.
“Logan was always a good leader in band,” said CC-C High School Band Director Chad Parmenter. “He always strived to do more with his leadership in the band.”
Parmenter was at this year’s CC-C band camp when he got the news from McClintic about making the U of M marching band.
“I thought it was pretty awesome to hear one of our students was part of the Big Ten schools band,” Parmenter said. “It is cool to have a student from our school district on the U of M marching band.”
Wendy McClintic was happy to hear that her son made the band.
“He always enjoyed being part of band,” she said. “He is strong in his academics and after he got the news he made the band he was real happy.”
Getting such news from a former student has Parmenter proud about the CC-C school district and its achievements.
“It is a honor for our school and our educational program here at Carson City-Crystal schools to have someone like Logan becoming part of a Big Ten band program,” he said. “Logan led in a way that was respectful and building camaraderie in the band. He was well respected and well liked in band.”
The 350-member band, including reserves, is a long-standing tradition at U of M. Like the famous winged helmets, the band has become one of the enduring symbols of Michigan football. From pre-game to post-game, the band is an integral part of every Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
According to McClintic, who is playing trombone for the band, said there is more he has to do before he can actually perform on the field.
“Most freshmen spend their time on the reserve block practicing to make the performance block,” McClintic said. “Freshmen like myself are on the reserve block along with others who are practicing our marching and performance skills.”
McClintic hasn’t performed yet but there is the possibility each week he could make the performance block.
“Every week there are challenges,” McClintic said. “That is where you have the chance to get out of reserve and make the performance team. That happens every week before a game.”
Preparing for challenges can be distressing for some, but for McClintic he accepts the reality of being new to the scene.
“For those being challenged it is very nerve-racking,” he said. “But for me, I am not to nervous because I already know I need to practice each week. If you are being challenged and mess up, then you get put back on the reserve block.”
In the meantime, McClintic enjoys practicing and getting it right.
“I just keep working on it, so I can get up to par with everyone else,” he said.