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OCT. 4, 2023 BAND OF THE WEEK – COUDERSPORT
Band Director: Stephen Ouellette, Shelby Glassmire (Assistant), Rebecca Kenyon (Color Guard Instructor), Stephen ‘Opie’ Russel (Percussion Instructor), and Janel Weber (Band-Aide)
Band Members: 45
- Drum Major – Tori Bock
- Drum Major – Brooke Tubbs
- Color Guard Captain – Mary Jane Sallade
- Percussion Captain – Sophie Taylor
Does your band compete? If so what class and in what competitions?
- We do two competitions a year. We compete at the Bradford Autumn Classic in Class 2A and at the Southern Tioga Tournament of Bands in Class 2A.
What is your theme for this season?
- The music of the Foo Fighters featuring the songs “All My Life”, “Monkey Wrench”, “Learn to Fly”, and “The Pretender.”
What is your school’s fight song?
- The Victors
What are some other tunes you play to hype your football team up on game days? —
- Land of 1000 Dances
- Bob, Crazy Train
- Bad Guy
- Eye of the Tiger
- Dr. Who
- Gonna Fly Now
- Born to be Wild
- Shippin’ Up To Boston.
What does it look like for a band member under those Friday Night Lights?
- Performing under the Friday night lights is an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. It is one of the few things I look forward to when school starts and it is one of the few things I will truly miss after high school. The adrenaline, the excitement of the crowd, the build-up of nerves before we walk onto the field and do our thing is a rare experience that only marching band members truly understand. To have this experience almost every week during the fall is something I have never taken for granted and these six seasons have really gone by in a blur. – Brooke Tubbs, Drum Major
- Performing under the Friday night lights is a surreal experience. As I walk down the field, the feeling of adrenaline begins to build up, consuming me. I can see my breath form in front of my face in the cold air, yet the feeling of coldness is absent. As I wait to begin the show I scan the stadium. I see the student fan section and find my family huddled together. Just like that, the show begins and commences. 15 minutes gone in an instant, an out-of-this-world experience. Everything was a blur going by as quickly as it started. While exiting the field to go into the stands, I take a step back to observe the excitement of the kids is really what makes it all worthwhile. – Tori Bock, Drum Major
What are some traditions your band has?:
- Our band has an “Enthusiasm Chant” they say at the end of every practice and a few different chants for our various sections before they take the field.
- When returning to the school on a bus we always sing our school’s Alma Mater
What are some of the band’s goals moving forward? —
- We hope to keep building our program. In the past few years, we’ve gone from fewer than 15 members to over 40.
- More than anything I hope that the students within the program keep the tradition of taking new students under their wings and making them feel important within the organization going.
- Our directors get the biggest sense of pride seeing the collaboration and support the members of the band show each other.
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