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OUT OF THIS WORLD: Band marches to new theme

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Junior Trevor Baker, who is a drum major with sophomore Sam Rosel and senior Jacob Rausch,  leads the band during the national anthem at the Big House on Saturday, Aug. 26. (Carlie McNiff)

Junior Trevor Baker, who is a drum major with sophomore Sam Rosel and senior Jacob Rausch, leads the band during the national anthem at the Big House on Saturday, Aug. 26. (Carlie McNiff)

Junior Trevor Baker, who is a drum major with sophomore Sam Rosel and senior Jacob Rausch, leads the band during the national anthem at the Big House on Saturday, Aug. 26. (Carlie McNiff)

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The Shores marching band’s new theme is literally “Out of this World.”

The theme is based off the sound tracks from the movies of Star Wars, E.T. and Star Trek.
Director Jason Boyden said he is excited for this year’s theme.

“I began reviewing music as early as last December,” Boyden said. “Every year, different arrangements are released, and I also see what university marching bands have played across the country. From the hours of music I listen to, I try to find music that stands out as challenging for the students, recognizable for audiences, and fun for everyone.”

In addition to a new theme, marching band enters the season with three drum majors, as usual, with sophomore Sam Rosel, junior Trevor Baker and senior Jacob Rausch leading the way.

These three individuals all have their own separate duties.

The sophomore drum major (Rosel) is in charge of the technical equipment that includes the metronome while the band marches, the microphone that Boyden or the other band directors use while instructing, and some other behind-the-scene stuff.

“I thought it would be a great leadership opportunity, and it is,” Rosel said. “I love the Star Trek theme because of the way we put it together. Anybody would be blown away if they heard it. I miss marching, but I don’t regret signing up to be the sophomore drum major.”

The junior drum major (Baker) is in charge of handing out music and dot books, which is a piece of paper that holds the coordinates for marching to each member.

“The best part about being a drum major, I believe, is being the person that an incoming first-year member can turn to for help while also being able to turn right around and asking them for help as well,” Baker said.

The senior drum major (Rausch) is the captain of the ship. He leads stretches, he is the tempo source for marching and playing, and he is, ultimately, the person who keep rehearsals moving smoothly.

Not only does the marching band perform during the home football games but a few other cool places as well.

“In addition to home football games and the Battle at the Big House in Ann Arbor, the marching band will be performing at the Roosevelt Park Days Parade, an Invitational at Cedar Springs High School, and District Marching Band Festival,” Boyden said. “Members from the marching band will also be performing in the Magic Kingdom in Disney World in October.”

The 2017-2018 marching band has a lot of exciting things going on for them this year, and many of the students involved are excited to see what this year brings to the program.

“I am looking forward to having one of the strongest bonds there could possibly be in a band between each other, and that seems to be the case so far,” Baker said.

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