Strik­ing up a chord with lo­cal prep bands

A brief look at the Al­covy and East­side bands

The Covington News - - FOOTBALL PREVIEW - By Jenny Thompson

High school bands cre­ate the sound­track of stu­dent ath­let­ics, par­tic­u­larly foot­ball.

Here is a sneak peek at what is go­ing on in band this year at two high schools — Al­covy and East­side: Al­covy High School

Lloyd McDon­ald, Al­covy’s band di­rec­tor, said that about 72 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in his march­ing band. McDon­ald, who also di­rects sym­phonic and con­cert band, will start up a jazz band this year.

Al­covy stu­dents will per­form Elvis mu­sic at half­time shows this fall. (This Au­gust marked the 30th an­niver­sary of the King’s death.)

“It is go­ing to be an awe­some show,” McDon­ald said, “with mu­sic that is re­ally fun and that ev­ery­one knows.”

McDon­ald and stu­dents are also look­ing for­ward to new uni­forms.

“The coolest part of be­ing a new school is that ev­ery­thing is new — from the tra­di­tions to the uni­forms,” McDon­ald said.

He added the band will work on build­ing fun, ex­cit­ing and spirit tra­di­tions this year.

“My stu­dents did such an awe­some job last year that other teams’ cheer­lead­ers came to dance with our band,” McDon­ald said.

Al­covy band stu­dents will per­form a fall con­cert be­gin­ning Oct. 22, in­clud­ing a hol­i­day con­cert in De­cem­ber and a spring con­cert. They will host a band fes­ti­val, as well.

“We are build­ing a well­rounded pro­gram here at Al­covy,” McDon­ald said, “ex­pos­ing the stu­dents to all kinds of mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences.” East­side High School

The Pride of East­side March­ing Band has 100 mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to band di­rec­tor Alan Fowler.

“The march­ing band is the largest group and also the most vis­i­ble,” Fowler said, “but we also have the sym­phonic band, the con­cert band, the Scream­ing Ea­gle Jazz Band, the East­side Per­cus­sion Ensem­ble and the East­side Trom­bone Choir.”

Fowler said half­time mu­sic this year will con­sist of themes from “James Bond,” “Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble” and “Shaft.”

“The show is a lot of fun and is a de­par­ture from some of our re­cent shows,” Fowler said.

East­side band stu­dents will travel to march­ing band con­tests in the fall. The first in a se­ries of con­certs through­out the year will be the an­nual Fall Con­cert held Nov. 6. A hol­i­day con­cert in con­junc­tion with the East­side Cho­rus is sched­uled for Dec. 11. Spring con­certs will also be pre­sented.

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