Shadow Armada - Michigan
Since 1972, the Oregon Marching Band has been a vital part of the Oregon, Wisconsin community. For four weeks each summer, 40 to 120 young people between the ages of 13 and 18 rehearse 12 hours a day, sleep on gym floors, travel on buses and perform together. In 2004, the band almost disappeared because of low enrollment, but a change in leadership has kept the program growing, and it is currently larger than it has ever been. The staff that worked with the band until 2003 retired and new instructors were brought in to run the program, which is now a bellwether for other groups in the Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association (MACBDA) circuit. The Oregon Marching Band is now considered to be one of the most prolific and progressive entities of its kind in the country. Beth travels with the Oregon Marching Band to locations across the Midwest and Canada, photographing the group of teenagers collectively known as Shadow Armada. You can view Shadow Armada images and purchase prints here.