West Jeff plays Moody Blues


Roughrider fans will be treated to a musical memory this football season as the West Jefferson High School marching band presents a half-time show featuring music from the Moody Blues’ 1967 hit album, “Days of Future Passed.”

Ken Huff, who is in his third year as band director at West Jefferson, has teamed up with former Ohio State University classmates Andy Rice and Frank W. Niemeyer to prepare the season’s football and contest show. Niemeyer arranged the music; Rice provided the choreography.

The show’s four songs are “Day Begins,” “Dawn is a Feeling,’’ “Tuesday Afternoon,’’ and “Nights in White Satin.’’ The show will include mellophone solos by senior David Sturgill and a trumpet duet by senior Abbie Polley and junior Jacob Turner. The percussion line also will be featured.

When asked about his choice of music, Huff said, “Frankly, I like it and Frank (Niemeyer) thought this music would fit the band very well this year. The music is unique and not something you hear all the time. It’s a challenging show and one we feel our band is ready for this year.’’

The band is marching 40 members, including two field commanders, and has a challenging competition schedule that will last into November. The schedule includes band festivals at Hilliard Darby High School on Sept. 15, Bellbrook High School (near Dayton) on Sept. 29, Athens High School on Oct. 13, Mason High School on Oct. 27, and a Nov. 3 division state championship contest in Lebanon.

Funding for the band program is aided by the school’s band boosters who run a concession stand for home football games.

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