The land of ice hockey and maple syrup is also home to the musicians who inspired this year’s Saline High School Marching Band halftime show.
After summer camp and five days of rehearsals, the 197-member strong marching band debuted Friday night at the Saline-Chippewa Valley at Hornet Stadium. This year’s performance is a salute to Canadian musicians and bands. It features the music of Steppenwolf, Rush and other artists from the Great White North.
Nate Lampman is Director of the marching band. Benn Reed and Scot Cannell are assistant directors. Jessica McDonald is the color guard instructor, Dan Parker is drumline instructor and Susan Usher is majorette instructor.
Michael Lance returns as drum major. He’s joined this year by Holden Collins.
Section leaders are Cameron Tressler (alto sax), Ainsley Caldwell (baritone), Josh VerWoert (bass drum), Lucas Schultz (clarinet), Faith Sweet (clarinet), Cameron Crawford (cymbals), Danae Jarrett (mellophone), Megan Szczypka (piccolo), Max Schneider (snare drum), Jason Landini (sousaphone), Leah Keller (tenor sax), Savannah Harris (trombone), Zach Gabanyicz (trumpet) and Chris Hays (trumpet).
The marching band prepared for the season with a week-long camp at Spring Arbor University in July. Rehearsals began Aug. 20.
Saline’s band has a tradition of excellence. The band received a rating of “Superior” at the District Band Festival last fall, receiving the highest score possible from all three judges.
Director Lampman is pleased by the band’s work thus far.
“The band has been working very hard. The students have a great work ethic and attitude,” Lampman said.