Snider show honors jazz great Davis

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The Snider High School Mighty Marching Band will present the show “Kind of Blue to Green.”

29th-year director Kevin Klee explained that the work is based on an album by a jazz great.

“We are doing all jazz music by Miles Davis, and the No. 1 jazz album by Miles Davis is called ‘Kind of Blue.’ It was recorded in 1959. Most of our music comes from that album. And one of the songs is called ‘Blue into Green.’ So you will see that color change in their uniforms,” Klee said.

“The kids have been working extremely hard and our attendance has been very good,” Klee said. “Our staff has been working really hard to get us the music and the drill and the choreography quickly, so we’re very optimistic about the coming season.”

The band will compete in ISSMA Scholastic Class A. The schedule includes: Sept. 10, Bluffton; Sept. 17, DeKalb; Sept. 24, Mishawaka Penn; Oct. 1, Homestead Fall Festival of Bands; and Oct. 8, ISSMA Scholastic preliminaries at Homestead. Qualifying bands advance to the Scholastic A finals, Oct. 22 at Lawrence Central High School.

Klee said the band is slightly larger this year, with 32 in the color guard and 112 in total.

Seniors Jonathan Hartman and Mitchell Minnick are the drum majors.

Ryan Long returns as color guard director, assisted by Helen Hockemeyer, Trinity Meadows and Natalie Erdmann.

Mike Beights wrote the drill. Kent Klee wrote percussion.

Xavier Shaw leads the percussion, assisted by Alex Walters, Marcus Sanders, Brian Giere and his brother Alex Giere. Colin Reighter is in charge of visual training.