VANDALIA — The sound of the Butler Marching Band practicing is one of the surest signs that the beginning of school, and high school sports, is on the way. The Marching Aviators have been working hard for the past three weeks holding what Director Kurt Westfall described in somewhat harsh terms.
On Friday night, the band held its first performance of the season in a Parent Preview Show.
“I guess I’m kind of a sadist, we actually did three weeks of band camp this year,” said Westfall with laughter. “We started on pregame to get it set for the start of the football season, then our football show, and after that it was competition, competition, competition. The kids made great progress and it has been a busy week.”
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Westfall will be assisted by Alex Price who is in his second year as Assistant Band Director. Price is a music teacher at Bell Haven Elementary School in Dayton.
The band’s competition show theme for 2015 is Starry Night, according to Price.
We wanted to play off an art piece and really create an image in your head while we are playing,” he said. “We have been designing the show since last December and had music selected since March.”
Westfall said that the music will be familiar to those listening.
“We try to make this more of a project and tie it into a central theme,” said Westfall. “Our theme Starry Night is evocative of the stars, has some of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Mozart who is widely credited with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star which you will hear at the end of the show, and Joseph Mohr’s Silent Night. We have an aggressive field set up this year as well that includes a lot of props that will add to the twinkling of the stars you will see on the field.”