Gahanna Lincoln High School's Golden Lion Marching Band is bigger this year and will sport a new look.
Band director Rob Cebriak said the band is 25 percent larger than last year's, with 168 members in grades 10-12, and members will wear new hats with an updated design.
"The hats we are replacing are at least 15 years old, and many of them are older," he said. "The new hats for the 2014-15 year feature the school's updated logo. They are very much in line with our traditional uniform, but we're excited about the new look."
Besides the new hats, additional raincoats were purchased to protect the students during inclement weather at football games and parades.
The Gahanna Lincoln Instrumental Music Boosters raise money for the uniforms through concessions and tag day. This year's uniform replacements and purchases will exceed $8,000, Cebriak said.
"We are grateful for the community's support and to all of the parents who give of their time by helping with concessions and tag day," said George Elliott, boosters president.
Graduating seniors and alumni may purchase the old band hats as a memento of their years in marching band and benefit the boosters uniform fund. The hats cost $20 and may be purchased by emailing Nicki Stamas at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the band office at 614-478-5519.
The marching band began preparing for the football season during band camp that started July 29 and continues through Aug. 7.
"There are many exciting changes this year," Cebriak said. "We've rewritten our pregame entrance to fit with the recent renovations to the stadium. With the new sophomore class, our band is bigger than it's been in many years. The new musicians are providing a lot of energy to the band. We're excited for that first performance on Aug. 29."
Cebriak said the band was having a great camp as of Thursday, July 31.
"We set performance goals for each day, and we've been meeting them consistently," he said. "We focus on providing entertainment and spirit at our performances, and the students know that their work in camp pays off later in the fall. We've also seen some fine leaders emerge from our junior and senior classes."
The band will perform at nine football games this year, plus the Olentangy Orange Marching Band Festival on Oct. 25, teachers opening day, Cedar Point, Holiday Lights parade and other community events.
The shows will include Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bicycle Race and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Muppets songs include The Muppet Show Theme, Rainbow Connection, Mahna, Mahna, Movin' Right Along and Life's a Happy Song.
An alumni show at homecoming Friday, Oct. 10, will feature music selected from the 2004, 2007 and 2010 marching seasons.
The senior show will include music selected by the senior band members and the traditional "Script Lions."
"Fans will also love seeing our drum major, Konner Barr, now in his senior year," Cebriak said. "He adds excitement to every show and is thrilling to watch. The color guard has tripled in size, and our guard coach, Bernadette Adams, really puts those girls to work, so expect to see lots of visual excitement."
In addition to Cebriak and Adams, the band staff includes Greg Miller and Jonathon Bradshaw.
Unlike many bands in the area, Cebriak said, all of the drill design is written by the directors, and the music for the Muppet show has been arranged in house.