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Strike up the band

August 2, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Poland High School Marching Band kicked off their season this week with the percussion section and freshmen band camp. The numbers this year are pleasing to band Director Nick Olesko.

"We have 170 band kids this year," Olesko said. "That's only 10 less than last year."

Olesko said there were two factors that had him wondering whether he would reach 100 kids. The band this year is under the activity fee similar to what the sports participants have to pay. On top of that, the marching band this year falls under extra-curricular activities. Last year, marching band was part of the regular curriculum.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Getting in sync for the trombone section of the Poland Marching Band are freshmen Nikki Ciavarella and Jake Halatek, sophomore Maria Katsadas, and junior Justin Dill.

"We have around seven or eight kids who are in band class that are not participating in the marching band," Olesko said.

He said the marching band had to go through the same changes as sports to help keep the school district going.

The band started this week's practice in three sections. Percussion, woodwinds and brass all got used to their instruments this week in preparation for next week when the entire 170 will come together for practice.

On the percussion side, instructor Kevin Downs said he has 22 kids that came out. He spent most of the early part of the week working on positioning straps and holders for comfort while marching.

"We got all our music and cadences on Tuesday," he said. "The first day was spent getting the harnesses adjusted right."

All the new drums were adjusted and put away for now and percussion kids will be practicing with older ones.



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