Band preps for season

Boardman band

Hours into their first practice on Monday, the Boardman marching band is already hitting all the right notes.

Nearly 190 members of the band are practicing twice a day to get ready for the upcoming football season.

“What you’ve seen so far does not usually happen on the first day,” said band director Thomas Ruggier.

Senior trumpet player John-Paul Lizotte said he likes what he hears from the newest band members this year.

“The freshman this year are fantastic, a lot better than I was as a freshman,” he said.

Ruggier said he held some pre-practices for the freshman band players, which has paid off.

“They kind of knew what to do, follow the lead of the upper classmen,” Ruggier said.

The band picked things up so quickly on Monday, Ruggier added a few more things.

“At first I was really concerned, but once you hear it and look at it, it’s really easy to pick up on,” said freshman Jillian Kuharich.

The 8 a.m. start doesn’t bother one of the seniors, who is taking in all the tradition.

“It’s the best way to let your feelings out,” Lizotte said. “There’s a lot of emotion in music that you can’t express through words.”

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