Aurora -- The Aurora High School marching band is planning a year of fun song selections, according to director Lindsay Draime.
"This year's band is really exciting," said Draime. "Our seniors chose the music and personally, I really look forward to listening to this awesome band perform such great songs throughout the season."
The band will present four halftime shows this fall.
The first show, presented at the first two home football games, included "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega,and "Hey Pachuco!" by Royal Crown Review.
The second show will include "Take On Me" by Ah Ha, "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves, and "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
The third show will include "High School Never Ends" by Bowling for Soup, "Pretty Fly" by The Offspring and "Bully" by Shinedown.
The fourth show, which is the senior show, will include musical selections "Distorted" by Cirque du Soleil, "Monster" by Skillet, "All the Small Things" by Blink 182 and "Thanks for the Memories" by Fallout Boy.
Freshman Rachel Nagy, 14, has been playing trumpet since she was in the fifth grade. "I have made a lot of friends in band so far," said Rachel. "It has been a real learning experience."
Rachel is looking forward to playing at halftime shows this season. "Getting to play for your city and having everyone watch you is very exciting," she said.
Drum majors Jeziel Chavez and Brett Poremba share Rachel's enthusiasm about band. Both drum majors are 17 and seniors. This is Chavez's second year as a drum major.
"It's awesome to be able to see the band work together and know you helped it get there," Chavez said.
This is Proremba's first year as a drum major and so far he is enjoying the experience. "It's so cool to be able to hear the band playing combined instead of just hearing the section you're in," he said.
Both drum majors look forward to watching the band grow and develop as the season progresses.
The band, composed of 125 students, will host its annual band festival -- Thunder Over Aurora -- on Sept. 21. Five area bands will play with the AHS band -- Windham, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, Berkshire, North Olmsted and Hudson. The show is at Veterans Stadium.
"We invite community members to attend," said Draime. Pre-sale tickets are $6 at www.aurorabands.com.
"The most prevalent strength of the group this year is their performance ability," said Draime. "The band, flags and Highlights come into each rehearsal looking for ways to improve and create a better performance. As a result, they play and perform at a very high level with a lot of energy and excitement."
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