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Learning on the gridiron
Talent of many kinds showcased on the football field
by WKSU's PAUL GASTON


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Paul Gaston
 
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       It’s that time of year again:  high school football in northeast Ohio.   From Ashtabula to Ashland,  our talented prospects have taken to the field.    WKSU commentator Paul Gaston looks at what’s happening on the gridiron and offers some interesting notes.

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These talented prospects are learning the importance of good conditioning. They’re gaining valuable experience in teamwork. They’re putting complex patterns into practice. With every game they understand more clearly what it means to perform under pressure.

 But the talented prospects I have in mind aren’t wearing shoulder pads. And they aren’t carrying a football. They’re wearing capes and shields, epaulettes and gauntlets, cummerbunds and ascots. And they’re carrying snare drums, saxophones, tubas, piccolos, trumpets and slide trombones and clarinets.
 
They’re the band. They’re learning what it means to be in shape. Daily practice marching in the heat of August teaches that lesson. And if you think some football plays are complicated, try marching a precise route across the field from one pattern to another while staying in rhythm, staying in tune, and staying out of the way of the tuba and bass drum.
 
Sure there’s pressure in a third and long with time running out. But there’s pressure as well when any mistake you make will be seen--and heard--by thousands of people watching and listening. And the clock is always ticking. You have only so much time, and you have to make it across the goal line before time runs out.
 
There is the reward of knowing that if you are really good you may be recruited by Youngstown State or the University of Akron or Ohio State--or the University of Colorado or LSU. At SMU, students used to say that it was easier to make the football team than to play in the Mustang Band.
 
But even the students who are content to hang up the flute or glockenspiel when their high school days are behind them have a lot to be proud of. They have represented their school. They have entertained the fans. They have gotten into shape. They have gotten into synch. And they are undefeated.
 
From my backyard late on a weekday afternoon I hear in the distance the sound of a high school band whose motto is “Loud is Good.” Loud IS good, from Strongsville to New Philadelphia to Vermillion. Strike up the band.

Paul Gaston played drums for the S-M-U band.  

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Band is a great organization for high school kids. They learn so much and have lots of fun along the way.


Posted by: Anne Snyder (Ohio) on September 30, 2010 7:09AM
Great article, As a current marcher in the Hudson High School Swing Marching Band, it feels good to be recognized for the marching and playing I do as a Trombone. One other comment though; if you use our motto, please mention us. ^_^


Posted by: David (Hudson, OH) on September 25, 2010 4:09AM
Loved your commentary. West Holmes Marching Band's success is based largely on the director. We are marching 184 members this year. This is more than all of our fall sports teams combined! Pretty good for a rural school with high school enrollment of approx 1000.


Posted by: Pam Gardner (Millersburg) on September 24, 2010 8:09AM
I also enjoy the Hudson marching band. As a former band parent, I can tell you that the band also teaches these students that if they are on time, they are late; if they don't memorize their music, they don't get to march. It gives the freshmen a group to hang with in a very large high school. The upperclassmen hold positions of leadership. There is a definite esprit de corps. It is all good when loud is good!


Posted by: Jane (Hudson. OH) on September 24, 2010 5:09AM
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