The Golden Lions Marching Band will feature about 60 new musicians this season.
Band director Rob Cebriak said he's excited to have the new marchers, mostly sophomores and some juniors, in the 130-strong band.
"We have something interesting planned for every home game," he said.
The Marching Lions currently are in band camp, preparing for the coming season.
"We had rookies for the first time today (Aug. 2)," Cebriak said. "There's excellent attitude. Our leaders are really involved in helping the young ones come along."
Band camp for rookies and leaders continues through Friday, Aug. 9, at Gahanna Middle School West, and the Marching Lions will continue rehearsing for the season through Aug. 14.
"There's a different theme every day at camp," Cebriak said. "Kids have a lot of fun with those. All are planned by the student band council."
The Lions' first home football game is against Fairfield on Sept. 6.
"Our big festival show will be Paul Simon music," Cebriak said. "That will be split over two halftimes. We will put the two shows together at the Massillon Marching Band Review at Paul Brown Stadium on Sept. 21.
"Paul Brown Stadium is such a great place to play, with such good tradition," he said.
Some of the song selections are You Can Call Me Al, Me and Julio Down by the School Yard, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Because many colleges and universities have changed to a semester schedule and classes resume earlier at G-J, Cebriak said, the alumni show will be held as part of homecoming Sept. 27 instead of the first home game.
"This is the first year for that change," he said.
During the alumni show, several retired Gahanna Lincoln band directors will be in attendance, including Bob Kessler, (1955-1985) and Chuck Miller (Middle School West, 1990-2002).
Crowds also will see an all-Disney show in October, featuring Beauty and the Beast, Friends Like Me and Hakuna Matata.
The senior show, showcasing a "Script Lions," will be held at the last home game against Pickerington North on Oct. 25.
"There will be plenty of opportunity to feature drum major Konner (Barr)," Cebriak said. "It should be a fun season. We're off and running."
The band also is scheduled to march in the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau's Holiday Lights! parade Tuesday, Nov. 26.