Bryan Ard feels confident going into his second year as Broome High School’s marching band director.

After his first year as director in the 2017-18 school year, Ard said he and his students have a better idea of what to expect from each other, which will allow them to build on the work they started last year.

“I think the kids got a glimpse of me last year and how I run things,” he said. “…This being my second, I think they know how things are going to work and I think we’re going to have a good year.”

Ard said many of the band members are returning musicians, but there is a handful of new students joining the ranks who he’s looking forward to incorporating into the show.

The band’s show this year is called “Bushido: Way of the Warrior,” and features songs and visuals inspired by Japanese culture. Ard said the band has a large color guard this year, which will help to bolster its visual presentation.

“It’s going to be pretty neat,” he said.

Gracie Mintz, a rising junior at Broome, plays trumpet in the band and said she’s excited about this year’s show.

“I’m feeling really confident, because of the theme of it and the enthusiasm there’s been at band camp,” she said. “I think this year will be really good.”

Krysta Wallace is a rising sophomore at Broome and plays the clarinet. She said the band isn't as large as many in the area, which creates a close-knit atmosphere that facilitates strong teamwork.

“Since we’re a smaller band, it makes it easier for us to form bonds and get along as a family,” she said. “So that’s a strength.”

Ard said he’s excited to work with the students as the year goes on.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know these kids and hopefully seeing some success at local contests and hopefully at Upper State,” he said.