Tiger band show is right on time
by Lisa Tome
To say the Rising Sun High band members are excited about the new year, would be an understatement.
During the last two weeks during band camp, members have arrived early and stayed late. The camp ran daily from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Members showed up as much as three hours early each day.
That makes this year's show, particularly timely.
Second year band director Jorge Ayala bought a prepackaged show entitled "Trapped in Time". "It's a concept show about how we perceive time as human beings," said Ayala. The show was composed by Michael Pote and is a three movement work.
"The band is looking great. A lot of the kids are stepping up and collaborating," said Ayala.
A great deal of work is also going on behind the scene with pops and costumes and design of the show. "They get here two or three hours earlier than they have to," said Ayala.
Musically, the band has grown to 60 members. The color guard is bigger than before and the pit has doubled in size. "They are very excited. They love the music. They love it," he said.
Ayala has also been working closely with Robert Castaldi, director of the Rising Sun Middle School band, to recruit and retain band members. The combined band also participates in events together. "We are transitioning them and encouraging their skills," said Ayala.
Dale Amos, who teaches at Rising Sun Middle, has also been tapped as assistant director of the high school band. Amos also works to help students transition from middle to high school. Amos brings a host of experience to that position. He was a long time member and director of The Blazers, a local marching and color guard performance group.
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