September 17, 2020
By: Broden Bishop
This is Broden Bishop reporting from inside your Marching Band, on Thursday, September 17th as the Kenston Bombers played Eastlake North, Fight! Last night the marching band played Kenston’s favorites with You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi, followed by Land Of One Thousand Dances by Wilson Pickett, moving onto Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi and finishing off with Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aguilera. The Marching Band has been practicing every day after school to surprise the crowd with awesomeness!
I asked Mr. Link some questions regarding this year with the marching band and these are his responses.
- Why did you want to become the main Marching band director?
“I wanted to become a band director to be able to share my passion for music with others. When I was a student, my band directors were very influential to me. I enjoyed the camaraderie and teamwork associated with playing in musical ensembles. I strive to provide those experiences and that knowledge to my students at Kenston.”
- How do you think the marching band is turning out this year with all of the COVID precautions? Even though that shouldn’t stop the band this year from progressing.
“This is my 17th year teaching marching band at Kenston. Due to Covid-19, I can definitely say that this is the most unique. The challenges put in place by masks and social distancing have really limited many of the things that I would like to do with the group. That being said, the students are working very hard to put quality shows together for the Kenston community and I’m proud of their efforts. I’m very happy that we are having a season at all, especially considering the number of schools in this area (and around the country) that aren’t as fortunate to be getting everything that Kenston students are.”
- Do you think the entire marching band is taking this seriously? And what is something they could do to improve?
“The Marching Band, like the entire student body, is made up of students who have differing opinions about the pandemic. It is not my place to weigh in on students’ individual beliefs. It is my responsibility to work within the confines of information from the Geauga County Health Department and the State Board of Education to keep students healthy and safe. Whether or not a student takes this seriously as an individual, all students in the marching band must adhere to these safety measures. Even if someone believes that none of this is necessary, they should still feel good about themselves knowing that they cared enough about others to take the precautions just in case. It might be slightly inconvenient, but we can all work through this together.”
- Do you think that the band is ready for Thursday night at the game?
“The band is ready for Thursday night’s football game performance. However, performing in front of a live audience is always much different than practice. Our freshmen still have almost no experience performing in front of a crowd, so there is a great amount that is still unknown. If we are focused and putting forth our best effort, we will have a very strong performance.”
We hoped you enjoyed the show last week even though it was a sad loss for Bomber football, but we look forward to this game Friday night at 7:00 Pm Maybe we will take back the W!