6408 - Pioneer Spirit Marching Band To March in Bandarama
6408|September 20, 2012
Seven area high school bands will perform at the Annual Wayne County BANDARAMA, sponsored by Tri-County Educational Service Center, at Triway High School stadium on Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. $6 adult and $4 student tickets may be purchased at the gate beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the performance. The colorful spectacle will begin with the combined band of nearly 400 student musicians marching onto the field in mass for the performance of the Star Spangled Banner.
The outstanding performance of music and pageantry will feature the marching bands of Chippewa, Dalton, Northwestern, Norwayne, Smithville, Triway, and Waynedale. The annual event will present a variety of music and themes as each of the participating schools will present individual shows.
The guest band performance will feature the 2012 Pioneer Spirit Marching Band from Malone University. The 47 member band will perform music of the Beatles in a show entitled “Beatlemania”. Music featured will be Magical Mystery Tour, Lady Madonna, Eleanor Rigby, Blackbird, Yesterday, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band is under the field direction of student field commanders’ Dave Gorski, and Justin Dye. Trumpet soloist Alex Mundell will be featured on Yesterday.
The band is under the direction of Steven Grimo, D.M.A., associate professor of Music and Coordinator of Instrumental Studies. Dr. Grimo is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, he served as a band officer and commander throughout his 22 year Air Force career and retired in 2006 as the commander and conductor of the USAF Academy Band, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He then served as the music ministries department chair at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Grimo is a native of Bristol, RI. He began his career in music as a percussionist, attending the New England Conservatory of Music. He began his teaching career as an elementary and junior high school music director for the Newton, Mass. public schools and later became director of instrumental music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass. where he received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and the Stanbury Awardfrom the American School Band Directors Association.
He was awarded the doctor of musical arts in Conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has numerous published works to his credit and is an internationally active guest conductor and clinician. As a music director, conductor and producer, he has lectured and conducted professional and collegiate organizations throughout the world. His advocacy for commissioning new works has resulted in more than 30 compositions for winds. In March 2006 he was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014
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