Extra fall event showcases DHS marching band

PHOTOS BY SARAH CURTIS

PHOTOS BY KARRI VANKIRK

PHOTO BY LISA McGINTY | LMc Photography

Dalton senior Ozzie Miller conducts during the Oct. 23 varsity football game.

DGKN staff report

DALTON  Friends and family members of Dalton High School marching band members who didn’t get to hear their favorite student musicians perform earlier this school year had an opportunity last month at a community band show.

“I decided to do this extra marching band performance early in the season so that the families and friends of the marching band students would have an opportunity to see and hear all of the hard work and accomplishments of the students this year,” Band Director Randy Kaserman wrote in an email. “While it has been a very different year, the work ethic, commitment and passion to music is the same with these students.”

Heather Carr directed the band Oct. 23 at the varsity football game and Oct. 24 at the band show, which also was at the stadium. Audience members were in for a special treat as senior Ozzie Miller stepped in to conduct the pre-game performance on Friday night and the first two songs of the band show on Saturday.

“Ozzie has always had the desire and talents to direct the group and I enjoy (and can trust) putting him up on the stand and letting him do his thing,” Kaserman wrote.

Marching band fans heard all of the songs and drills from all of the halftime shows this year including: “Hello, I Love You,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “California Girls,” and “Shut Up and Dance.”

Kaserman explained that Parents Night was scheduled on the first game of the season this year when it’s typically the last home game. Kaserman usually lets the seniors do a “Senior Show” where they pick the music and write the drills. Kaserman had the seniors do the Senior Show at the Oct. 24 performance. Seniors chose “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “All the Small Things” and “Seven Nation Army.” The seniors gathered once more to play the “Alma Mater” and the tuba section was featured on an original Tuba Fanfare composed by senior tuba player Alex Rohrbaugh, who is planning to major in Music Education next year.

The complete story is in the Nov. 4, 2020 edition.

Leave a Comment