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The 2014-15 Marching Cardinals
'Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Band Information

Eisenhower H.S.
12700 S. Sacramento
Blue Island, IL 60406
Director
Justin Antos
Band Size
Unknown

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Coverage of the 2014 Performance Season for Eisenhower

 

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Sep 27 by Paul Katula ... The announcer mentioned that this is only Eisenhower's second year of competitive marching band. Thanks for starting a tradition with a whole new group of kids. On the field, the band places backdrops of scenes from the sea, and plays pirate-sounding tunes: good use of props, although the backdrops could be more integrated into the show. However, the flashy virtuoso trumpeter who wailed amid subdued tones from the rest of the winds stood out as effective. The show builds to the climax with some oom-pah dancing (we are on a pirate ship, after all), which accelerates, builds to a percussion interlude with box-like movement in the center from resting winds, and moves to a strong conclusion. If this is Year 2, I can't wait till these freshmen are seniors. Watch this band.

Sep 20 by Paul Katula ... The show's title and musical selections clearly refer to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dead Man's Chest," which is a song he wrote as part of his novel Treasure Island in 1883. It's a sea song, meant to be sung by the crew of a boat, but since Stevenson only wrote the chorus in his novel, people have sort of come up with several different versions of a verse. Another song lyric near the end of the novel may be closer to what Eisenhower had in mind with the title: "But one man of her crew alive / What put to sea with seventy-five." This lyric may be part of the sea song known as "Dead Man's Chest" or it may not. In either case, the lyric plays an important role in advancing the novel's story line. Factoid: In addition to Eisenhower's 2014 marching band show, the poem (Fifteen men on the dead man's chest / Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! / Drink and the devil had done for the rest / Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!) has been used in several works of art in various media, including in the poem "Derelict" by the newspaperman Young Ewing Allison, first published in the Louisville Courier-Journal in 1891.

On the Books ...

2014 Festival Appearances
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Downers South
Performed at 12:30pm
No Report Yet
Lincoln-Way
Performed at 5:40pm
No Report Yet
St. Rita
On Oct 5, Total: 66.4
First Place, Cl. 1A
Best Music, Cl. 1A
Best Visuals, Cl. 1A
Best General Effect, Cl. 1A
Naperville Central
On Sep 27, Total: 56.3
Third Place, Cl. 1A
Best Music GE, Cl. 1A
Wheeling
On Sep 20, Total: 51
First Place, Cl. 1A
Best Visuals, Cl. 1A
Best General Effect, Cl. 1A
Best Auxiliary, Cl. 1A
Best Percussion, Cl. 1A
Stagg
On Sep 13, Total: 46.3

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Quick Notes
Ghost Ship, Fog Dance, ...And a Bottle of Rum, Treasure Sunken.

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