Beverly OH, (WTAP) The Fort Frye Cadet Marching Band ties the unavoidable element of growing up with the music they practice daily and enchant audiences with a fantastical halftime show.
“Our halftime show is “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” so we have songs from the movie" says Alexandra Dixon, the band's drum major.
“It’s always fun to brainstorm about shows that you want to do. As band directors, we will do it every day- just randomly have an idea ‘Okay, I want to be able to do this, I want to do this.’ I am a lover of film music, that type of music really speaks to me and music that is relevant; they’re reading the books in English Class,” explains Jonathan Lucy, the band director.
And the students are learning important life lessons through the practices, the friendships, and the music.
“The relationships and the memories are by far, unreal. You make the best friends you could ever imagine, you make the best memories you could ever have. As far as learning valuable things, you learn a sense of pride and dedication and being part of a team that you don’t get anywhere else. Even when we feel discouraged, we work through that and we still work hard and dedicate ourselves to the program,” notes Dixon.
“The students have really committed to an idea of a system. They care now and they really want to push themselves to achieve things. When you have students that want things, that’s something to be proud of," says Lucy.