Area Marching Bands Honor Chippewa Falls

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At Thursday night's games, thoughts for the victims were never far from the minds of band members, especially at schools where the rivalry with Chippewa Falls is the most intense. At Eau Claire's Carson Park and Menomonie's Williams Stadium, members of the Old Abes and Indians marching bands reached out to their counterparts who have suffered through a very trying five days. The Menomonie marching band paid tribute to Doug Greenhalgh's memory by performing prior to the Indians' game with Eau Claire North. Menomonie's band director, Jake Karkula says the Chippewa Falls band is part of one big family of musicians. "We have a real strong relationship with their band program there, as well as many of the other band programs around the state, and it's our way of showing the support for the Chippewa Falls band program and we're very sad for what happened," said Karkula. Members of the Menomonie band took donations to support Chi High during the game, in return handing out red and white ribbons to fans as a reminder of what Doug Greenhalgh meant to his students. "Losing a band director and losing more members of the family is difficult also because you come to love them also. They are going through a very hard time and because band is such a community deal, they have a lot of friends who can support them and help them get through this," said Menomonie junior, Ali Need. Back in Eau Claire, the Memorial marching band showed their support for Chi High by playing the Cardinals fight song. The Old Abes' band director, Eric Dasher says Doug Greenhalgh was an inspiration to so many. ""We just wanted to dedicate the entire marching band performance to Doug, our kids wore red arm bands. We just wanted to honor him in this way," said Dasher. Finally, in Hudson where the Chippewa Falls football team played their first game since Sunday's tragedy, the Raiders marching band paid tribute by playing the Cardinals' fight song as well.