(October 8, 2016) - The homecoming parade was this morning. The band is proud of this year's homecoming king and queen, Nathan Plow and Tessa Lubertozzi, who play bassoon and clarinet in Symphonic Band. Nathan is also our field commander for the marching band. All of the homecoming court (but 2) are members of the band. This is the fourth year in a row that either the king or queen or both have been members of the band. Anyone else besides me think this is really great?
This year's marching band, with a total membership of 130, is having an outstanding season. The band is performing a show called "American Sketches" that audiences are raving about. The music is a mix of traditional American music that includes "My Country Tis of Thee", "Johnny Comes Marching Home", "America The Beautiful", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Simple Gifts", and the "Star Spangled Banner". On October 1st at Maumee HS, the band qualified for state finals with straight superior ratings from the judges.
One of the most memorable moments of this season (so far) was on September 23rd at the football game. Avon Lake HS honored former and current members of the armed forces by bringing them onto the field while the band played "America The Beautiful". The oldest veteran was 90 years old and served at Midway during WW II. Some brought family members out onto the field with them and everyone was treated with fireworks to end the show.
As week seven of the football season comes to an end, I am thoroughly enjoying my work with the students and their families. We will be heading to state finals on November 5th and the team is probably heading to the football playoffs. I'd say we're off and running with an exciting start of the 2016-17 school year.