Band sails with pirate-themed show

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Red Raider half-times are all about swashbuckling excitement this football season as the London High School marching band presents a “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed show.

According to band director Craig Lewis, the show is broken into three segments and features songs written by Klaus Badelt for the popular Disney movie trilogy. The selections are: “Fogbound,” “The Medallion Calls,” “The Black Pearl,’’ “One Last Shot,’’ “He’s a Pirate,’’ “Blood Ritual” and “To the Pirate Cave.’’

Jessica Richards, a sophomore, has a trumpet solo in “One Last Shot’’ in Part III of the program. Additionally, the drum line is featured in the show.

“We may add another solo or two in different areas of the show as the season goes to keep the show fresh for returning fans,’’ Lewis said.

He picked Badelt’s music for the 2007 football and competition season because its scores showcase the leadership and talent of this year’s band members.

“There’s such a wide diversity in the music in highs and lows of intensity of sound and rhythm…Students can bring out their own interpretation of the peaks and lows of the melodies,” Lewis explained.

Now in his third year as director at London, Lewis said the band has a full competition schedule this fall. They travel to Hilliard Darby High School Sept. 15 for their first band festival. They also are scheduled to compete in events at Northwestern High School in Springfield on Sept. 29 and at Miami Trace High School on Oct. 6.

The band is double-booked on Oct. 20 when they will compete in the Bloom Carroll High School Classic and at the Tecumseh Showcase of Bands.

For all competitions, London will perform the same show as they perform for football half-times.

“We showcase one show per year and perform it in a drum corps style of marching,’’ Lewis said.

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