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Lakewood’s 36th Annual Marching Band Festival

Brandy Baker

This past Saturday, Sept. 25, the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band took the field by storm for the 36th Annual Marching Band Festival. Nine other schools joined them as they marched through the streets of Lakewood, with their instruments in hand, heading into the stadium to begin the night. Support for the band was evident, as Lakewood residents cheered for the ten bands from their porches and yards. Many friends, family, and supporters gathered in the stadium stands as the show began around 6:30 p.m.

Lakewood definitely brought the energy, starting off the night great! You could feel the excitement throughout the night as the community came together in support. The concession stand was packed with customers, eager to savor Lakewood High School’s famous concession stand items. As the night progressed, so did the energy. Lakewood student Jake Hirsh was asked what he thought about the night, and he said “I think it was a great night, we (the Lakewood music program) put a lot of work into this and we do every year so it’s just so exciting to watch it in live action and how good everyone sounds.”

The nine other schools marched on and performed, while Lakewood sat in the stands cheering and congratulating the other schools. It was an overall great night and brought so many different communities together. Lakewood opened and then closed the event, ending the night on a perfect note. This festival is a tradition that is always looked forward to!

Lakewood’s overall performance:

The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band opened the festival on the First Federal Stadium field  by performing their pre-game routine with alumni. This performance included songs “Star Spangled Banner,” “Alma Mater,” and “Carry On My Wayward Son,” which were all performed by the entire band. The Lakewood alumni ended the pregame with a rendition of  “Old Time Rock n’ Roll.”

For the halftime performance, the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band performed “Mr. Blue Sky,” “One Way or Another,” and concluded with their last song of the evening, “Dream On.”

When asked how they thought the performance went, junior Charlie Auck said “We did and looked our best for that specific show; playing ‘Old Time Rock n’ Roll’ with the alumni was a pretty cool experience.” 

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Gianna Chisholm
Gianna Chisholm is a senior this year at Lakewood High School. Gianna is a captain on the Lakewood Track and Field team and loves participating with the team. She's into anything fashionable or trendy. After high school, she wants to attend college for interior design and is still currently looking for the college best fit for her!
Elma Kudic
Elma Kudic is a senior at Lakewood High School and has been a part of the community her whole life. She has participated in groups like H2O as well as being a student athlete. After high school, Kudic plans on attending a 4-year university and majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Literature.

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