By JENNIFER MEIER
THE GOSHEN NEWS
SYRACUSE — Arrgh! And, beware!
Pirates have taken over the football field at Wawasee High School. This year’s marching band show is titled “Pirates” and features a medley of music from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt.
“We actually went through seven or eight different concepts or ideas that we’ve had over the last several years and pirates just seemed to click with the two of us,” said Marching Band Director Ken Brower about discussions he had last school year with Assistant Director Paul Hostetter.
This idea was an immediate hit with all 45 band members.
“They were very enthused,” said Hostetter. “I remember this one girl in the guard just couldn’t stop clapping. That will be forever in my mind.”
Band camp went well this summer despite the hot weather.
“The weather that week was a little rough,” Brower said. “But over all it was very productive. We’ve had issues over the last few year with attitude, but that seems to be all gone this year – and that is fantastic.”
Marching band is an extracurricular activity at Wawasee, so Brower is pleased that 45 students are participating.
“We’ve got what I would consider a young band. We have four eighth graders this year and a lot of freshmen and sophomores” Brower said. “So we are having to work a lot more with the basics. But they are doing very well.”
It’s Amber Arnold’s first season directing marching band color guard and she is also happy with her group’s progress.
“I’ve directed winter guard at Central Noble,” Arnold said. “So I have one season of experience. I am really surprised by the girls’ talent level — knowing that they didn’t have a coach for most of the year last year. We still have a lot of work to do, but its going very well.”
While the band and color guard practice, parents and band boosters are busy finishing construction on a 20-foot pirate ship with a 15-foot tall mast.
“The ship fires air canonns,” Brower said. “I had enough time last Friday before the football game to instill one cannon. It was great. When we get it all worked out it will really add a nice little effect.”
Band members will don tri-cornered hats; the pit band will be sporting do-rags the drum majors will be in captain’s garb.