L-Way marching bands ready for busy season
September 16, 2013 2:12PM
Lincoln-Way West High School's Marching Warriors practice on their stadium field learning their new competitive show and parade songs. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:02AM
The Lincoln-Way Central Marching Knights, Lincoln-Way East Marching Griffins, Lincoln-Way North Marching Phoenix and Lincoln-Way West Marching Warriors prepared for the 2013-14 season in two-week band camps, building endurance and learning new music as well as field show routines.
Students were required to learn and memorize a half-dozen tunes including a chorale, parade song, school fight song, “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a variety of tunes that are played during football games and at marching band competitions, officials said in a news release.
Practices typically lasted eight to 12 hours a day in the summer, Lincoln-Way East music department chairman Bert Johnson said.
Parents reinforce the importance of practice, dropping off students each day and taking turns manning the water jugs so students stay hydrated.
“If we didn’t have the Music Boosters, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” Lincoln-Way West music department chairman Cary Ruklic said.
Drum majors for Lincoln-Way Central’s Marching Knights are Nick Kross and Amanda Cowfer. The Marching Knights’ competitive show for the 2013-14 season is entitled “On the Brink,” music by Richard Saucedo.
The Lincoln-Way East drum majors are Teresa Mountford and Michael Bockwoldt. The Marching Griffins’ halftime show is entitled “Dance Party,” with songs from Usher, Rhianna and David Guetta. The competitive field show title is “City of One Hundred Spires,” music adapted from Karel Husa’s Pulitzer band work entitled “Music for Prague.”
Drum majors for the Lincoln-Way North Marching Phoenix are Alec Chase and Nora Ward. The competitive field show title is “It’s Good to be Gold.” Music selections are “Fields of Gold,” by Sting and selections from “Gates of Gold” by Joseph Curiale.
The Lincoln-Way West Marching Warriors’ drum major is Charlie Pavlak. The title of West’s competitive show is “Infinite the Sky of Beauty and Dreaming.” The show includes music by Villa Lobos, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Holst. The music was arranged by Craig Fitzpatrick, and the visual designer is Michael Lentz.
The Lincoln-Way Marching Band Showcase will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Lincoln-Way North, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort.