LAKE TWP. The impending flash flood warnings, low hanging cloud deck and the raindrops didn’t stop the 11th annual Lake Band Show from taking to the field and entertaining the people in the stands on Sept. 8.
The Lake High School marching band kicked the show off 7 p.m. at Blue Streak Stadium. There were 11 bands this year, more than in previous years.
"This is the biggest show for us with a total of 11 bands, last year we had eight," said event co-coordinator and band parent Kathy Martin.
Lake’s band was joined by marching bands from Alliance High School, Carrollton High School, Cuyahoga Falls High School, GlenOak High School, Massillon High School, McKinley High School, Sandy Valley High School, Tuslaw High School, United Local High School (near Hanoverton) and Wadsworth High School.
The biggest band at his year’s performance was Wadsworth High School at 200 members. Lake High School was the second largest with 185 members.
"We have many returning bands and a couple of new bands including Canton McKinley," Martin said. "This is their first time here."
One of the traditions of the band show is when the Lake marching band spells out Lake on the field. This year, that event was led by senior Gabe Erb.
Another tradition was canceled due to the non-stop rain. As with previous shows, all the bands were scheduled to be on the field for the final performance. There would have been 1,339 band members on the field at the same time performing Lee Greenwood’s "God Bless the USA" in commemoration of the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
The band show is the biggest fundraiser for the Lake marching band. Martin said most of the money this year will go to help pay costs for the band to go to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in February. Last year the stadium was packed full. With the inclement weather this year, it was about half full.