Students go marching in

November 7, 2018

Picture this: You’re the parent of a student in love with the marching band.

Come winter, the marching season’s over. But instead of waiting months for rehearsals to start up again in the summer, your child can keep stepping and playing. That’s the hope of The Arbor Arts Collective, a group that intends to establish the community’s first-ever indoor marching band.

Auditions for the group will be sometime on Dec. 15 at Central Community College-Columbus, but AAC founders Michael Klee and Anthony Burnham said the details have yet to be finalized and are currently subject to change. The program is intended for high school- and college-aged students who already have some musical experience.

“It’s so those kids, if they enjoyed their fall marching band, they can now continue it now in the winter,” Klee said.

The band will perform as any standard marching band would, but inside gymnasiums instead of outdoors on football fields. At the moment, Burnham said the group plans to rehearse at the CCC campus in Columbus and would ideally be comprised of 30 band members.

“(The group) will be different than what the school provides, a different sort of ensemble and it will offer more opportunities to be a part of a larger group,” Burnham said.

Burnham said the group is currently working on obtaining instruments it can rent out or loan to students. Klee said the group will perform at regional competitions throughout the winter and spring, adding it is open to students of any school in the area, even those who are home-schooled.

“It is an opportunity to expand what’s already currently happening in all of the schools in the community and it’s going to create more musical opportunities for students to explore,” Klee said.

The program’s fees, which have yet to be finalized, will cover transportation, music instruction, uniforms and other supplies. The music the band will perform will be designed by Burnham and Klee, specifically for indoor marching.

“You have to write your music completely different than outdoors,” Klee said. “Where outdoors they want a ton of sound, indoors, if you have a ton of sound, it’s just a boomy, nasty mess.”

ACC, a nonprofit organization, was founded over the summer by Columbus Middle School instrumental music teacher Klee and Central Community College-Columbus music instructor Burnham. The two said the reasoning for creating the group was to allow for students outside of any one particular school to participate in additional music programs.

“It’s just a way of getting as many students involved in these programs as we can without further having to tax the instructors or the (school) districts,” Burnham said.

For more information on the group, you can find it on Facebook or visit their website at www.arborarts.org.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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