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The band marches on

By Judy Reed

We could have told you it was going to be hot and humid this week; we knew it without even looking at the calendar. Why? Because it is band camp week at Cedar Springs High School!

The Marching Red Hawks have braved the heat and humidity all week as they work hard on their upcoming fall show, “Celtic Celebration.” They will be performing the songs “Irish Celebration,” “Celtic Production,” “Loch Lomond,” and the “Galway Piper.” They will give a sneak preview of their show at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Red Hawk Stadium.

There have been some changes in leadership this year for the band. Adam Borst is still director, but longtime director James Greene retired at the end of last year, and former director Robert Robuck will now only be directing the Jazz Band. To fill the void, they have hired a new assistant band director, Ryan Shaw. He comes to Cedar Springs from Berkley High School (near Detroit), and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

The Red Hawks competed last year for the first time in the Michigan Competitive Band Association, and made it the state finals, where they took 9th out 10 places in Flight III. Upcoming competitions will be at Rockford Sept. 18; Red Flannel Day Oct. 2; the MCBA Competition here on Oct. 9; Jenison Oct. 23; Rockford Oct. 30; and the finals at Ford Field on Nov. 6 if they make the top 11 bands in Flight III. They will also perform during halftime of the home football games.

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