South Charleston: Band marches with upbeat attitude

Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil

Southeastern’s marching band includes: (front row, from left) Josh Lewis, Ryan Peters, Geoff Lewis, Dylan Dexter; (second row) Beth Judy, Rhianna Wyss, Ashley Timmons, Ashley Biddle, Haley Banion, Brenda Tovar; (third row) Claire Heister, Scott Hannah, Tyler Mackey, Burke Stucky, Julie Hale; (back row) Director Ryan Scherber, Carrie Litteral, Charley Clark, Anthony Shuler, Amber Hanson, Jared Edwards and Assistant Director Anthony Denaro.

“I’m really excited for the year because of how positive the kids are being this year and how motivated they are to do well,” said Ryan Scherber, third-year director of Southeastern High School’s marching band.

The group’s leaders include: Carrie Litteral, a junior flute player who also serves as band president; treasurer Beth Judy, a senior flute player; librarian Kelly Hale, a junior trumpet player; and secretary Ashley Timmons, a sophomore clarinet player.

Hard rock is the theme of Southeastern’s first half-time show, which the band will perform at the Aug. 29, Sept. 5, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 football games. The songs are “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, and “Radar Love” by Golden Earring.

“The music is something we haven’t had a chance to do before. It’s something the kids are really looking forward to,” Scherber said.

Songs from movies will fill the season’s second show to be performed at the Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 games. The band’s seniors will choose two of their favorite songs from their high school band careers to make up a senior show for Oct. 24.

In addition to football games, the 22-member band will participate in the Oct. 18 Kenton Ridge Marching Band Festival.

Scherber has a new assistant band director. Anthony Denaro has three years of experience directing high school marching bands in Florida and Georgia. He is pursuing a master’s degree in music education at The Ohio State University.

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