Marching Pioneers impress during Friday Night Live


From Football Friday Nights to the auditorium stage the band never fails to impress. The weekend of Nov. 17, the Olentangy Orange Marching Band held the annual event of Friday Night Live (FNL).

Each year the marching band chooses a theme for FNL and this year was “Can’t be Tamed,” based on their first show, in which they played songs such as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Jungle Love.” As part of the performance, the band transformed the auditorium in to a jungle.

“The ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ theme allowed us to have a jungle themed first show and allowed us to have a fun dance break and incorporate fun old songs that will ring a bell in anyone’s mind,” junior trumpet Nick McDonald said.

Each year, the drumline gets to perform a solo as part of the show. This year, their performance was “Survivor”-themed, and each section of the drumline had a chance to create and perform a piece of music. The band turned it into a competition, and the audience voted on a winner each night, according to junior Sunny He.

Making the shift from playing on the field to playing in the auditorium presents some big differences. In the auditorium the students in the band are within 5 feet of people in the audience.

“I normally get more nervous for FNL because you’re closer to people and there’s more room for error and injury. But that also adds more excitement, giving the audience a fuller sound and they can feel our excitement because they are so close.” McDonald said.

FNL is often the last performance of the year, and at the end of each performance, all of the seniors were brought out and recognized.

Through the season each person has their favorite moments. For He, his was “making bonds with his friends and having fun with the seniors in their last season of marching band.”

This year, the marching band will wrap up their season by performing in the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22. The parade will be aired on The CW for those interested in watching from home.

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