Franchville started playing drums in second grade. His family lived in Puerto Rico, which didn’t have a marching band or field percussion group. Moving to Indiana and going to Cascade, he joined the band there. With a love for drums and 12 other friends sharing that interest, the group started a drum line at the school from scratch.
“We spend time after school to do practices for drum line, and then random days during our band class we can practice. We’ve played at two football games, and then we play with the regular pep band,” Franchville said of the burgeoning program.
Franchville and his mom hope that the ability to participate in such a major event will allow him not only to gain a little knowledge to bring back to the CHS drum line and band, but hopes that it will bring exposure to the desire to hopefully have a marching band at the school.
“I think Jason will be able to bring home ideas for the drum line that will help the drum line, help them become better in their performance,” Beth said. “Their band director is really great at working with them during the school day. They formed to entertain the Cascade fans and they’re really well received, well loved by the community.”
Both say the learning curve that will come from what will be basically constant rehearsal once he gets down to Miami will be the ability to improve their showmanship.
“With a lot of professional marching bands, they do very cool tricks. A part of what we’ve struggled with is marching in general. I know they’re going to be very strict on good marching, and something like that would make us look better when we perform,” said Franchville, who credits a friend, Tyler Freeman, for helping him read sheet music, which ultimately has allowed him to play a variety of instruments. That led to this opportunity.