Marching Band is Rocking and Rolling into 2019 with Rush’s ‘Closer to the Heart’

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Marching Band is Rocking and Rolling into 2019 with Rush’s ‘Closer to the Heart’

Freshman Bia Shok looks over the 2019 leadership responsibilities after receiving the position of woodwind captain and assistant drum major. She will work closely with drum major and junior Stephanie Tang, planning summer musical gatherings and extra practices.

Freshman Bia Shok looks over the 2019 leadership responsibilities after receiving the position of woodwind captain and assistant drum major. She will work closely with drum major and junior Stephanie Tang, planning summer musical gatherings and extra practices.

Priscilla Baek

Freshman Bia Shok looks over the 2019 leadership responsibilities after receiving the position of woodwind captain and assistant drum major. She will work closely with drum major and junior Stephanie Tang, planning summer musical gatherings and extra practices.

Priscilla Baek

Priscilla Baek

Freshman Bia Shok looks over the 2019 leadership responsibilities after receiving the position of woodwind captain and assistant drum major. She will work closely with drum major and junior Stephanie Tang, planning summer musical gatherings and extra practices.

Priscilla Baek, Co-News Editor

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Complete with wigs and ‘70s groove, performing arts teachers Desmond Stevens and Kyle Traska revealed the 2019 marching band theme, “Closer to the Heart,”  a famous song by the Canadian rock band Rush. New leadership positions were announced the same night, May 21, in preparation for the next season of marching band.

“I am a big fan of rock ‘n’ roll, and I think it’s a special thing we have here to have guitar classes and band classes and orchestra and choir, so finding some theme that could tie all those together was important,” Traska said. “Plus, I’m a huge fan of Rush and especially Neil Peart, their drummer.”

Compared to the freshman band of 25, the incoming class has already quadrupled in size according to Traska. Despite the 130 students already enrolled, Stevens and Traska hope to grow the program to a quarter of the school population.

Let’s just say you can expect a really, really cool show next year. It’s just a lot different than what we’ve done before, and there’s a lot more punch to it.”

— Drum Major and junior Stephanie Tang

Leading up to the big reveal, students’ top guesses for the theme were listed out, ranging from outer space to disco, Elton John to Marvel soundtracks. Traska announced section leaders and captains first, ending with an applause for drum major junior Stephanie Tang and assistant drum major freshman Bia Shok.

“I kind of expected it just because I have had the previous experience, but then I was really, really excited for Bia,” Tang said. “She’s just a [rising] sophomore, and she made assistant drum major, and that is a really big accomplishment… I guess the feeling is less for me and more for my marching band team.”

After much anticipation, hippy-haired Stevens and Traska’s debut music video of “Closer to the Heart” played as students watched with laughter.

“Let’s just say you can expect a really, really cool show next year,” Tang said. “It’s just a lot different than what we’ve done before, and there’s a lot more punch to it.”