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The 2014-15 Marching Bengals
'Believe'

Band Information

Plainfield East H.S.
12001 S. Naperville Road
Plainfield, IL 60585
Directors
David Lesniak
Justin Koszarek
Band Size
Unknown

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The Game of Life
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Coverage of the 2014 Performance Season for Plainfield East

 

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Oct 4 by Paul Katula ... Movement has clearly been added, and it's effective enough. The problem here is, as there are so many marchers on the field, keeping the files and diagonals straight is necessary. Some guiding is still needed, and I think any added precision will improve the entertainment value of the show. That being said, the music is catchy. I find myself singing along with the familiar tunes. I think they should be better arranged for marching band, such as with the Neil Diamond blockbuster, "I'm a Believer," because there were some points where I could have expected a grand pause followed by a full-band hit. Anyway, let's not blame Neil Diamond for that one: for what the band had to work with, they came through.

Sep 13 by Paul Katula ... Musically, the show opens with some impressive execution as the straight eighths in the intro contrast the jazz or swing eighths afterward. This really got my hopes up for great things to come (and I'm sure they will), but the energy simply got nipped before it got going as a result of the long delay between the first movement and the ballad. Even ballads need to maintain momentum or energy in the music, I think. Tempo doesn't necessarily correlate with energy. At least it shouldn't. The drill, which during the ballad may not have been fully learned on the part of the students, included too much standing in place or minimal movement to be effective. Maybe the band's rehearsals haven't gotten to the marching during the ballad yet.

On the Books ...

2014 Festival Appearances
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U of IL - Champaign
On Oct 18, Total: 65.2
Providence
On Oct 4, Total: 58.95
Wheaton North
On Sep 27, Total: 53.4
Pontiac
On Sep 13, Total: 132.4

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Quick Notes
Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione, When You Believe from "The Prince of Egypt" by Stephen Schwartz, I'm a Believer by Neil Diamond.

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