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For the Marching Pride, it's all about having fun

By Matthew Merchant | staff writer Published: September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
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The 2016 James A. Garfield Marching Pride has been working hard since mid-July, and is looking forward to another great season.

Playing a hodgepodge mix of tunes, the group of 85 students and 6 honor guard members does its best to entertain the crowds at football games.

"We do tunes that we like and that the students enjoy. It's all about having fun," said Band Director Theo Cebulla.

This year the music selection features "Jungle Love" by Steve Miller Band, "Focus" by Ariana Grande, "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khalid, "Notorious" by Panic! at the Disco, "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, "She Loves You" by the Beatles and "Downtown" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Cebulla said the band is full of leaders again this year, from senior drumline captain Mark Butto, to senior flagline captains Heidi Wickli and national discus throwing standout, Lauren Jones.

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In fact, at a small school like Garfield, most of the students wear many hats, juggling excellent academics, clubs, sports and arts, Cebulla said.

"This well-rounded approach is only possible due to our supportive parents, community and school," he said.

Especially important to the success is the group of band officers that has been prepping since the end of last school year. From passing out music and lining the practice field, to organizing trips and activities, they hold the band together.

This year's officers are President Angelina Penna, Vice President Clare Workman, Band Manager Rose Englert, Librarian Elisha Bly and Crew Chief Hailey Stebner.

The band will be performing at the annual Homecoming game against Crestwood on Oct. 7. Alumni and students from the middle school will be joining the band to play the "Hey Song," "Land of 1,000 Dances," and "Cleveland Rocks."

They are also scheduled to entertain Terrier fans at Hiram College, due to the college's lack of a band for football games. And Cebulla said the band may be doing a repeat performance at a Cleveland Cavaliers game, which they did last season.

This summer they traveled to Sandusky's Cedar Point for a performance and are looking forward to band shows in Solon and Hudson.

In addition to this year's performances, the Pride will be looking forward to planning next year's big trip to Florida.


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