Friday, September 7, 2012
By EMILY GIANETTI
The Cardinal Pride Marching Band hosted its 38th annual Show of Bands on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Canfield High School Stadium.
Six different bands appeared at the event. The Fitch Falcons, the Boardman Spartans, the Poland Bulldogs, the Struthers Wildcats, the West Branch Warriors and the Champion Marching Thunder Band all joined the Cardinals for a night of music.
“Everyone was very excited to perform for the other schools and for the home crowd. All the bands were very supportive of each other,” said senior drum major Hayley Ward.
The Cards were the last band to take the field, but appeared energetic and enthusiastic as they performed their colorful array of songs, led by directors Michael Kelly and James Volenik, as well as Ward and junior drum major Emily Damelio.
“We sounded good and we marched well,” said Ward. “I thought everyone put in a great effort individually, so collectively we did a fantastic job.”
The 172-member band has a “Latin-palooza” theme to its songs this year. Numbers include Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything (Tonight)” and “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente.
“I really enjoy them,” said Ward of the songs. “They’re fun to listen to and they all have something different to offer. They all tie into our theme really well.”
Members of Canfield’s band come from the school’s concert and symphonic bands, which were both awarded “superior” ratings at the State Band Contest in May.
This school year, the marching band will be playing at all football games, both home and away. They will also be at Boardman High School Band Night tonight at 7 p.m.