The Boardman Spartan Marching Band and the Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents, Inc. will host Boardman Band Night '13 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in Boardman Stadium. Participating high school bands include Struthers, West Branch, Springfield, Lowellville, Canfield, Howland, and the Boardman Spartan Marching Band.
This year's Band Night show continues BSMB's traditional run-on and "Fanfare for the Common Man." The opening marching drill is accompanied by a medley of tunes by rock group Styx and showcases the talents of some individual members as well as the whole band.
The "features" portion of the program will begin with the Spartan Silks spinning their flags while the band plays a medley of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away." The Spartan Sweethearts then dance to Fergie's "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" from the recent movie "The Great Gatsby."
2013 Boardman Spartan Marching Band
The BSMB's closing routine this year is already creating quite a buzz in the marching band community. Based on magician/actor Harry Anderson's version of Three-card Monte, the band draws the audience in and fools it with this classic card trick. Director of Bands Thomas M. Ruggieri says, "We obviously couldn't do this with standard playing cards so ours are a little bit bigger." He and Assistant Director Timothy Tuite, who came up with the idea, charged the band parents with the task of creating cards that stand six and a half feet tall. The trick unfolds as the band plays magic-themed songs. The finale has the Sweethearts and Silks pulling a "rabbit" out of some extra large magicians' hats.
Admission at the gates is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Senior citizens are admitted free to all Boardman Band events. Gates open at 6 p.m.
At 180 members, this year's Spartan Marching Band is still one of the largest high school bands in the area. The band is under the direction of Ruggieri, Tuite, Steven Chambers, and Michael Shevock. Also on staff are Jamie Cordon, Niki Dispenza, and Jina Vitullo who instruct the Sweethearts and Silks.
The band's trip for this school year will take place in December as they travel to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to perform in the "Festival of Lights" Christmas Parade. The nighttime parade is televised locally in Gatlinburg and traditionally attracts a live audience of more than 80,000.
Fans are encouraged to visit www.boardmanband.org for more information about Band Night and the Boardman Band program.