Details from Mr. Zamborsky on the new marching band show

Madelyne Whitten, Staff Writer

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The Jenison marching band is eager to kick of the upcoming season with the show “On the Fence.” Jenison normally has dark shows with a strong female character represented in the color guard, but this year they’re entertaining in a new way. This show is more light-hearted than usual and demonstrates the struggles of the West. It will include musical popular musical selections that will be noticed by many-not just band geeks. An interview was conducted with Jenisons band director, Mr. Zamborsky. Hopefully the questions and answers below will clear up any confusion about this year’s show, and the process of choosing an idea for a show.

Q: When do you start planning for shows?

A: We normally start planning for shows in December. We’re normally sure of the show around February or March. This year I started writing music in April.

Q: Who came up with the idea for the show this year?

A: Our drill writer, Daniel Wiles, from Avon.

Q: How was the idea first introduced?

A: Daniel first introduced the title “On the Fence,” and we worked from that. We were thinking of a chain link fence, or the traditional wooden Western fence.

Q: Do you think this year’s show will be as strong as last year’s show?

A: Yes, I think it has the potential to be just as strong. We’re going to make this year’s show entertaining in a new way. The show won’t be as dark and heavy as it has been in previous years…  It will include Desperado by The Eagles as the ballad, and Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones will be incorporated towards the end of the show.

Q: How do you pick soloists? What goes into it?

A: I start by thinking how certain instruments will sound in a piece, but it’s mainly based off having strong players in a certain section. This year there will be more soloists to create more contrast.

Q: What instruments will be featured this year?

A: The show will start with a trumpet baritone duet, followed by mellophones, and clarinets. Later in the show there will be an E flat clarinet solo followed by a french horn solo.

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