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LANCASTER – It’s safe to say that enthusiasm ran high among Lancaster High School percussion ensemble members as they prepared to play with Fleetwood Mac tribute artist Tusk Wednesday at the Lancaster Festival.

“We’re really excited,” drummer Kallan Imhoff said. “This is an amazing opportunity to be able to share a stage with such a fantastic group.”

The ensemble played “Tusk” and “Don’t Stop” with the band Tusk at the Ohio University Lancaster Wendel Concert Stage.

“It was a great show,” LHS ensemble director Bruce Gerken said. “The kids had fun and they loved Tom Nelson’s drum solo.”

Nelson is the Tusk drummer and portrays Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. Fleetwood Mac has played with marching bands occasionally throughout its long career.

Tusk sent Gerken musical scores to learn, and he then arranged the pieces to fit the 19-piece ensemble. 

Gerken wasn’t the only one raving about the show.

“It was wonderful,” festival executive director Ken Culver said. “And that’s not just what I think. Everyone seemed to like the Fleetwood Mac band even before the ensemble came on stage. It was orderly and people were dancing and having a great time.”

Culver, whose granddaughter was in the percussion ensemble, said the students were dressed in casual clothes like the band, and fit in seamlessly with Tusk.

“It was a moment in time,” he said. “It was wonderful.”

Imhoff said the ensemble had taken about two months to prepare for the show. She graduated this year and will begin studying linguistics at Ohio State University…