ocal high school band students will rock out to their fall shows.

Beatles and classics such as “Sweet Caroline and “Sweet Home Alabama” will be heard at arenas across the county.

Expect to hear the music of Queen and tunes from a popular video game.

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One school is exploring the endangered Earth in their show.

The themes and music were selected by most marching band directors and assistants in the spring, and students have been working on mastering the music and the steps this summer.

During several weekends in October and November, the bands will perform and be judged on such factors as musicality, dramatic performance and visual effects. The culmination for some bands will be marching at the Indiana State School Music Association finals.

Here is a look at the marching band shows of local high schools.

Center Grove High School

Audiences who see Center Grove High School’s show will get a lesson.“Endangered” will tell the story of how animals are endangered and that people need to change or the Earth will perish, band director Kevin Schuessler said.

“We are steering toward “The Lorax,” which basically says that unless we do something, things will go south in a hurry,” he said.

A huge hourglass will be a prop in the show, with the prop counting down to destruction, he said. A trap with animal prints will represent animals becoming extinct throughout the show, he said.

“Everything is gorgeous, beautiful and than everything goes awry,” Schuessler said.

Music will help tell the story, with students performing songs that evoke emotion such as “Here Comes the Flood,” by Peter Gabriel.

“That has many layers, such as what God did with Noah’s Ark. He wasn’t pleased, so he brought the flood,” he said.

The goal is a show that would resonate with more audiences and tell a story, Schuessler said.

Some past shows were geared toward professors and marching band judges.

They wanted something different this year, he said.

Edinburgh Community High School

Edinburgh marching band students will rock out during their show.Students will be performing the music of Queen during their stand-still show, marching band director Peyton Coar said.

Band students will perform “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

This year is a rebuilding year for Edinburgh and Coar wanted good music that would allow the students to have fun.

Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mkritsch@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2770.