Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today is our second installation of our new Thursday feature, "Show Of The Week," filling you in on an exciting upcoming entertainment opportunity in East Lansing.
East Lansing High School (ELHS) football game attendees will be in for a special treat on Friday, October 17 as the 100-member ELHS Marching Band performs a half-time show selected by the 20 seniors in the band. Kick off for this season’s last home game is at 7:00 p.m. Admission for the game is $5.
“The senior show has been a tradition at ELHS for a long time,” says ELHS Marching Band Director David Larzelere. He indicates previous director Jane Church began the tradition in 1980. Larzelere is in his fifth year as director of bands at ELHS. He is responsible for the marching band, symphonic band, concert band, and jazz band. He also assists the sixth grade beginning band program at MacDonald Middle School.
The seniors have chosen to perform “Dream On” (Aerosmith), “Viva La Vida” (Coldplay) and “Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin). “The last two selections were songs from their past years at East Lansing High School. The Coldplay show was from last year, their junior year, and The Led Zeppelin show was their freshman year. ‘Dream On’ was something they selected as a group to round out the program,” Larzelere says.
Larzelere says that each class in the band is unique, and this year’s senior class is no exception. “This senior class is a wonderful group of students. They had really big shoes to fill and have definitely stepped up to the plate this year. I'm so proud of them. When they came to the high school as freshmen, they were an interesting group. It took me a while to figure them out! With any organization, leadership is so important and a marching band is no different. I rely on our leaders to establish and maintain our band culture--whether that is to set a musical example, or a visual expectation, or just how we treat one another; those are learned behaviors and it starts with our senior leaders. This class has done an excellent job of raising the bar in all aspects of what we do,” Larzelere says.
“The senior show is a trip down memory lane for our seniors and their parents. The last show of the year and the last show for our seniors. It's an emotional evening for many of us. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of the year with them and will miss them dearly when they graduate,” says Larzelere.
Disclosure: Telaina Eriksen’s freshman son is in the ELHS Marching Band Drumline.
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