Published Jul 25, 2017 at 6:31 am
(Updated Jul 20, 2017)
Photos by Justina Addice
Eric Darnsteadt and Hunter Ryan put their heart into the show.
BY JUSTINA ADDICE
WEST MILFORD — In 1995, John Calabrese, current percussion instructor at West Milford High School, created the indoor percussion group. Over the years, this group has grown in numbers, competed in countless competitions, and came home with many trophies, including two first place championship trophies in 2015 and 2016.
This year’s show was entitled “Uprising: Voice of the People,” with the idea being based around Les Miserables and exploring the ability to come together as a group.
“Each year the staff work together and design the show around a song, theme, or color,” Calabrese explained.
They collectively decided on the theme of uprising and from there, the 2017 indoor show was born.
Arranged by Andrew Dessler and Michel Monacelli, the show featured the musical selections of “Vox Populi” by Thirty Second to Mars, “Battle Cry of Freedom” by George Frederick Root, and “La Marseillaise” by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, as well as “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Les Miserables, and “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
This diverse selection of songs, along with the battery arrangement by Calabrese, earned this group the second place trophy in the 2017 US Band Division Championships.
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