LAKE TWP. After getting rained out for the past two years, marching bands at the Lake Local Schools annual band show took to the field one at a time during a cool, dry evening on Sept. 9. Lake’s Blue Streak Marching Band got things rolling when they opened the event and got the packed stadium excited to hear them and the eight other marching bands.
Marching bands from Cuyahoga Falls High School, GlenOak High School, Jackson High School, Sandy Valley High School, Tuslaw High School, United Local High School (Hanoverton) and Wadsworth High School entertained throughout the evening. Proceeds from this popular event benefit the Lake Band Boosters.
Kathy Martin, a band booster parent and co-chair of the event, said the district was excited to be able to present the show this year since the past two years got rained out.
"We’re really thrilled to be putting on the show this year since we’ve had to cancel it for the past two years," Martin said. "We send out invitations to local bands every year and wait to see who responds, that way we have different bands each show. When we do hold the show, it’s always to a full house and tonight looks like it will be another full stadium."
After playing the opening, Lake Marching Band, with 169 members and under the leadership of Joshua Laux, closed the show with a Best of Pop Show featuring songs "Love Runs Out," "Runaway Baby," "Sing," and "Uprising," followed by the end-of-show Script Lake led by senior clarinetist, Sydni Doyle. The band thrilled the hometown audience with their opening and closing performances.
The Jackson High School marching band was the largest band with 270 members. It played several songs including "Mississippi Mud," "Takin’ It to the Streets," "Brandy," and others. The band filled the field and gave the audience a top-notch performance.
GlenOak, with 145 members, played "Shake It Off," "Can’t Stop the Feeling," "September," and "Faith."
The show ended with a mass band performance (nearly 1,200 student musicians) performing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" commemorating the 16th anniversary of 9/11.