I am always awed by the growth that occurs for the students who volunteer to play in the pit orchestra for the annual musicals. The rehearsals start out really rough as we plow our way through the music, sight-reading in four sharps, cut-time, and all the rest. But each week it gets a bit better, students sight-reading large volumes of music, and by show week things begin to fall together. The sitzprobe is always a big revelation, when the pit orchestra has those "Ah-Ha" moments hearing the vocals for the first time.
The orchestra this year was comprised of twenty-five of our band and orchestra students and one Oberlin College trumpet ringer, Ethan Updike. "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is a tough book to play. I am proud of how our students were able to pull it together and play so well for the four shows. I am also proud of the many band students who not only played in the pit, but were in the cast, the stage crew, and the tech crew. Our Avon Lake students never cease to amaze me by their creativity, talent, and energy.