Gahanna Lincoln High School's 192-member Golden Lions Marching Band will kick off its season Aug. 30 by commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

Band director Rob Cebriak said he looked at the playlists from the Woodstock festival, which was promoted as "3 Days of Peace and Music," to choose the music.

"We will be performing 'Proud Mary' by Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Spinning Wheel' by Blood, Sweat & Tears and 'Evil Ways' by Santana," he said.

Cebriak said two home-game shows Sept. 20 and Oct. 18 are titled Classical Thunder and feature well-known themes from the classical genre.

"Not all audience members will know the titles, but they will recognize the music," he said.

The band will open with "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss, which most people know as the opening to the film "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"It's even been played on 'Sesame Street,' " Cebriak said. "The next piece is 'Night On Bald Mountain' by Mussorgsky, but audiences will recognize it from the final segment of Disney's 'Fantasia' with the demon on the mountain."

He said the first half concludes with a drumline feature, "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khachaturian, a piece which is frequently heard in circuses and variety acts.

Cebriak said the second segment of Classical Thunder will include themes from Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and will close with Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

"We're doing the parts in reverse order at home," he said. "(Classical) Part 1 is actually being done first at an away game in early September," he said. "We will combine both segments of the show when we perform at the Defiance Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21. This festival will also include a mass band performance that we are looking forward to."

Cebriak said the other two shows of the year will be the alumni show Oct. 4 and the senior show Oct. 25.

"The music for those two shows will be chosen soon," he said.

He said this year marks the largest color guard the school has had in decades, with 15 members.

The band also has added senior Hayden Alley as its new drum major.

"Hayden has been working hard, going to sessions at Ohio State and working with last year's drum major, Dalton Cararo," Cebriak said. "There are several younger students coming right up behind him and they will be ready when it is their time."

Alley said he previously served as a band-squad leader, playing trumpet.

"I played in the pep band leading up to now," he said.

Alley said he practices just about every day.

"Midway through last year, I got the date of my tryout," he said. "The previous drum major took me under his wing. It has been quite the ride."

Alley said audiences can look forward to a variation of music this season.

"There are also a lot of very cool visual formations," he said.

Cebriak said two band students, Lauren Charles and Lexie Bisignano, helped create a band camp T-shirt all members will wear around the community and at school on home-game Fridays.

"The artwork does a fantastic job of combining recognizable elements from Woodstock, classical music and the marching band," he said. "I was blown away with what they created."

In addition to Cebriak, staff for the band includes Greg Miller, Jonathon Bradshaw and color guard coach Kim Barker.

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