Clarion Area & C-L Bands March to the Same Beat
(PICTURED: Clarion and C-L Band Officers include Marilyn Luchynsky, Nathaniel Lerch, Jesse Lewis, Megan Terwilliger, Morgan Kahle, Noah DiTullio, Matt Terwilliger, Emma Ochs, Lauren Hartle, Morgan McNaughton, Tori Beichner, Joe Hemm in the back with drums, Maya Shook, Merlin Leadbetter in back, Riley Mullaney, Kaitlyn Aaron, and Katie Melcher.)
It was the first official day the two bands joined together as part of the Clarion Area, Clarion-Limestone, and North Clarion Football Cooperative.
Clarion Band Director Chris Curry and C-L Band Director Jennifer Hubler ushered in the new era with some music and ice-breaking activities.
“I think it will be a different experience for the teams and the community. I think it is going to be a wonderful opportunity for kids to get to know new kids and play atmosphere. It will certainly be unique as far as the size of it at football games,” said Curry.
“I think it’s great,” added Hubler.
Both band directors said they didn’t see any challenges making the band cooperative work.
“This is easier for kids than it is as adults.”
As of Thursday, C-L had 46 and Clarion 52, making it the largest band in the area with 98 students marching. The bands will also include a color guard, six dancers, and cheerleaders.
“We’re going to play in the bleachers and support the football team, a combined team of three schools,” Curry said. “We will also do one combined selection, ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ at halftime of all the home games.
“Mostly, we’re supporting the football team while they are playing. We’ll be playing the national anthem together.”
There are no team colors or new mascots because the team will be playing as Bobcats for the first year, a new fight song was picked to represent the new team. The new song is the “Victors,” the fight song for the University of Michigan. No other team near here uses that, and you’ll hear it the first home game on Friday, August 30, at Clarion-Limestone Stadium at 7:00 p.m. vs. Moniteau.
In addition to serving as a band director, Hubler also teaches high school and elementary music and some music theory at C-L.
Curry teaches music for grades 7 through 12 and band. He has also taught some guitar parts in music. Curry’s staff includes Rayna Hoke and Joyce DiTullio. Linda Cathcart joins Hubler as color guard advisor.
Each school has band officers. The schools will split the away games, and they will combine for the home games.
“It gives a big school atmosphere. It’ll certainly be unique as far as the size of a football game,” said Curry. “They’ll get to know each other more as the season goes on.”
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