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Marching to the Rhythm

Digging into ELHS marching band recruiting

Sydney Lapham

Drumsticks tapping the beat. Flutes humming in the wind. Trumpets roaring. These and many other instruments brought marching band together, but their friendships and love for music made them a family. And there is room for more. “Every student on the field matters and has a place as a part of the show,” said band teacher Angelica Fadrowski. Marching band has been built in community tradition for years. The pinnacle of ELHS marching band history was when they were asked to perform at President Reagan’s 1985 presidential inauguration. “The ability to participate in marching band has allowed me to get to know so many new people and learn different skills that will stick with me through the rest of my life,” said freshman Emma Clausen. Upon Ms. Fadrowski’s hiring at ELHS, the marching band consisted of just 12 students. Four years later, the numbers continued to rise and the marching band is now home to around 40 students.

“I would 100 percent recommend doing marching band because you get the ability to grow, not only musically, but as a person too,” said sophomore Carter Bonura. “It is a good way to get outside and spend time with your friends while bonding over music.” Marching band differs from all other ensembles because it’s a mix of athletic ability and music. Students need to have endurance and high lung capacity when marching so they are required to condition like any other sport. Marching band students can be found jogging and practicing marching to a beat.

“Marching band provides the opportunity to meet students that you would have never known and become a family,” said Ms. Fadrowski. Another key component to the marching band’s success is teamwork. All students are engaged in the performance and work together as a whole to put on a show. In order to do this, each individual is required to give their all into each performance.

This year, students in marching band still had the opportunity to compete. They recorded their pieces on the football field and sent them to the USBands Association. They placed in the top five in New England. Many students appreciate the opportunity to be part of marching band.

“Anyone can join marching band,” said Ms. Fadrowski. “The more the merrier.” The marching band occurs during the fall, starting in August and ending the last week of October. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students interested in something more dance based also have the option of color guard. Color guard works alongside the marching band, performing choreographed routines that interpret the music of the marching band. ELHS marching band continues to uphold their position as a prominent part of the school and community culture. If interested in join next fall season, contact Ms. Fadrowski in the music wing.

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