Castle High School Marching Band Honors Rinehart Family

The Castle High School Marching Band shows off their skills in a celebration and musical performance, but they are marching for the first time since they lost one of their own. 

"It will always be in our hearts what an impact that family had on us and our band students and our band program and the community," Band Director Mark Eifler says. 

The Rineharts were on their way home from a band competition when they hit a deer on Interstate 69.
Sophie Rinehart, her father David, and her grandmother Ruth Ann were killed when the family pulled to the shoulder and was hit by another car.

Sophie was a Castle band member.

"It's been hard," Eifler says. "It's been hard on the community and students but we want to also celebrate what she did for us and what she was about."

The love for Sophie is louder than the notes one the field.

"She just glowed music she glowed life and it was such an honor to have known her," Eifler says. 

The band did what they do best by playing out their emotions one song at a time.

In honor of the family a plaque was made where the band marches past every day.

Band Director Tom Dean says, "Every time we practice we walk by that plaque and remember the Rinehart family."

Castle band member Diana Tkachuk says, "I just think of who she was and what a bright person she was. It was something having her here and I miss her."

While Sophie might not physically be there, she is always in their hearts. 

"Her music and her voice is always with us and I think of her each time we perform," Tkachuk says. "I feel really honored and a part of something that is really special."

The theme of the performance was called "Fly to Paradise" and band members say each time they walk past the plaque they remember how big of an impact the family had on the community.


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