Striking up a chord with local prep bands
A brief look at the Alcovy and Eastside bands
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.