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The beat goes on in a big way this coming Monday 

October 3, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Monday (Oct. 8) the Boardman High School marching band's percussion section will present its sixth annual Drum Night in the high school gymnasium. The event will showcase drumlines from Austintown, Champion, Howland, Liberty, McDonald, Western Reserve, YSU, and of course, the Spartan drummers.

"This is all drums," said Tom Ruggieri, BHS band director. "One of the lines includes marching bells so they can play a melody or two but everything else is just drums and cymbals."

He said the heartbeat of every high school marching band is the percussion section or drumline. The students on drumlines love to play so much that they don't need a band around them to perform. Most of this area's band directors take little credit for the music, choreography, and effects performed by their drum sections. Some hire special percussion instructors and others put their trust in student leaders and merely provide adult supervision for rehearsals.

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Boardman High School band percussion section member Shawn Korpi plays the drums upside down, while Max Rassega and Anthony Veri hold his drums.

"We don't have a separate Percussion Instructor this year, and though I am a percussionist, I can't dedicate enough extra time to lead our Drumline," Ruggieri said. "So, yes, the students come up with the music, movements, and visual effects on their own. All I do is help them through one or two rough spots in the music, encourage their creativity, and be an adult presence at their rehearsals.

As for the BHS drumline, the kids have been writing and rehearsing routines weekly since the start of school in August. They have come up with featured performances that are termed as "clever, comical, and always entertaining."

The Boardman marching band has 178 members of which 27 are part of the drumline. While they are sure to put on a bang-up performance, the real roof raising will come at the end of the event when all the drummers hit the floor together for a mass "drum jam." Ruggieri estimates there will be close to 150 drummers, all going at it together.

Admission at the door on Oct. 8 is $2. Senior Citizens are always admitted free to Boardman Band events. Since it can get loud in the BHS Gymnasium, a pair of foam ear plugs should be considered.



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