Friedrich hopes to sustain Concordia’s high tradition

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Adam Friedrich hopes to lead the Concordia Lutheran High School Marching Cadets in step with the tradition of Dianne Moellering, who retired this spring after 23 years as band director.

“We’re trying to maintain that same level of excellence, not doing it for ourselves but for the glory of God,” Friedrich said. “She really had that down pat.”

A graduate of Pekin, Ill., High School, Friedrich graduated in May from Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in music education with emphasis on instrumental music. He served at CLHS as a student teacher from January through May of this year.

“It was such a really cool transition for me because I got to know the kids and the kids got to know me,” Friedrich said. The band community threw a new apartment shower for him when he moved to Fort Wayne.

Concordia again will compete in ISSMA Class C, which is based on enrollment. The Cadets will march Sept. 10 at the Bluffton band festival, Sept. 24 at the East Noble festival, Oct. 1 at the Homestead Fall Festival of Bands, Oct. 8 at the ISSMA Invitational at Homestead, and Oct. 15 at the regionals in Lafayette. The semistate is Oct. 22 at Decatur Central High School and the state finals are Oct. 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Friedrich said band enrollment is up slightly, at about 80. “We’ve got an incredible freshman class coming in, and I’m really excited for the future of the program,” he said.

The show is the Easter story, and the working title is “Three Days of Darkness.”

Friedrich began playing the piano in kindergarten. “Both my parents were from musical families,” he said. His mother was church handbell choir director. As a freshman, he became involved with the band, in percussion.

Friedrich said most of the Concordia band staff will continue in the roles they held in 2015.

“Concordia has a phenomenal music program,” he said.