Anyone driving by Poland Seminary High School during the month of July would have heard the beat of different drums as the high school band percussion unit saw several students take part in weekly voluntary practices.
''Band practices aren't mandatory until August,'' said drum director Jason Detec. ''It is optional in July, but we have always had a good attendance.''
Those who chose to take part in the July practices were anxious to get the basics out of the way and get started working on what they will need for the upcoming performance season.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Quads to the left was the arrangement for PSHS band percussion members during a voluntary session that helped provide a little practice for the basics. Pictured are sophomores Seth Hammond and Chris Economus and senior David Windsor.
Detec said they hold the practices once a week in July. Those who wish to attend can, and the sessions are extremely helpful for first-time drummers.
''It helps with all of the cadences and the stand jams they have to learn,'' Detec said.
He said the drum section has a large sophomore group this year, so most drummers are in their second year of high school band. There are only two new freshmen this year out of the 19 members who will be on the field this fall.
Detec said the regular daily mandatory sessions will begin in August. The drummers will continue working in front of the school during the morning hours. They will be divided into three sections: tenor / quads, basses and snares. Each group will get their part down, and then all three will come together before accompanying the full band in a few weeks.