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Traditions alive for Crestwood Scarlet Guard

By Matthew Merchant | staff writer Published: September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
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Audience members and musicians alike will be getting lost during this year's show from the Crestwood Scarlet Guard.

The marching band will be performing "Dark Forest," with original music composed by Tim Hinton.

"The show is really a journey from beginning to end getting tangled up in a mysterious and dark place," said Band Director Jacob Page. "We'll be using trees and other props on the field to create the scene and frame the band on the field."

With a long opener that's almost half the show, the music allows for a short ballad and a fast closing piece that will keep audience members and competition judges on edge until a surprise finish.

There are 57 students in the band this season, with 10 senior members led by drum majors Olivia Brady and Elizabeth Adkins.

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In addition to home and away football games, the Scarlet Guard will be performing in four Ohio Music Education Association competitions and the regional Bands of America competition in Toledo on Oct. 1.

Then, in November, the band will also perform at the BOA Grand Nationals competition, which features the top music programs from around the country.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. I've gone with a few other groups before, but this will be the first time I've taken a group from Crestwood," Page said.

Students are led off the field by the student leadership of the band council: President Olivia Brady, Vice President Jacquelynne Deuley, Treasurer Madeline Turner, Secretary Sara Miller, Librarian Zoe Catcott and Historian Lauren Pallotto.

The council is key, Page said, because it has allowed him to let the students lead themselves and give him time to work on developing them as musicians at multiple grade levels.

This year's show will feature a bit of a change for the percussion section:. Because there weren't enough players for a drumline, Page added additional front ensemble members and is placing the pit on the field instead of the front sideline.

"Having them on the field not only acts as a border for the rest of the band, but adds that steady timing that was lacking from a drumline," he said.

Page said drum major Olivia Brady has been in the position for three years now and he's watched her grow as a performer and leader throughout his time at the school. She's a leader and a tremendous student, he said, both for the school and the band program -- one of many in a long line of musical tradition.

"The program hasn't changed much over the years," Page said. The traditions are still here, we have high standards of excellence on and off the field."


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