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Football halftimes, Orrville show on Aurora High band's schedule

by BOB GAETJENS | REPORTER Published: September 14, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- Among the big highlights of 2016 for the Aurora High School band was Thunder Over Aurora, a band show that took place Sept. 10.

"Five other bands participated," said Eddie Nabring, the band's director and instrumental music teacher at the high school. They were from Streetsboro, Bedford, North Olmsted, Orrville and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin.

"And we're going to Orrville's show later in the season," he added, noting that show will be Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The school is at 841 N. Ella St.

During the season, Nabring said the band is revealing four halftime shows at Greenmen varsity football games.

"We marched all four shows during two weeks of prep and rehearsals [two days a week], and then a week of band camp," he explained.

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"None of them were performance-ready, but that's what we do throughout the season. There's a focus on being able to read your music. There's just a lot of music the members are given."

The 157-member band is performing at 10 regular season football games -- five home and five away, said Nabring. There could be more if the football team qualifies for the playoffs, which it has done for 11 straight years.

The group also had a chance to perform at Cedar Point during the summer, he noted.

"That's a 20-minute performance," he said. "I see it more as a social experience than anything else. It's kind of a celebration before school starts."

IT ALSO WAS AN optional performance, he added. Nabring declined to share the Aurora band's 20-song repertoire for the season, but he did say one half-time show features all Queen tunes.

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"We're what you call a show-style band," he said, adding there's focus on the quality and quantity of the music.

Nick Piazza, president of the band, said those stepping into officer positions have noticed a big change in the experience this fall.

"It's a pretty huge step for us," he said. "Now, we're in the position of leadership, where all the underclassmen look up to us."

Drum major David Puzder said for him, leadership is a matter of balance. "You want them to be your friend, but you also want to lean on them at the same time," he said.

Once marching band season ends, Nabring said there will be two concert bands, which will perform a variety of standard band music, including pop, cinema themes, marches, concertos and even John Philip Sousa songs, which he said are quite challenging.

Band publicity chairwoman Lauren Hall said she enjoys band because of the challenge it offers her.

"I think it's important to try something new and out of your comfort zone during high school," she said. "For me, band was something I wanted to try to put myself out there."

Other band leaders are assistant conductor Grace Tomasko, vice president Alex Kohn and publicity chairwoman Emily Adzima.

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