By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN
The Poland High School marching band participated in Canfield Band Night Aug. 27.
The band kicked off their performance with a fiery Latin opener “Malaguena.” Next, the band showed off their dancing ability to a fun arrangement of Men Without Hat’s “Safety Dance.”
The band rounded out the first half of the show with a and powerful arrangement of “One Day More” from Les Miserables.
The second part of the show featured an arrangement of pop music from the summer of 2013, including “Best Song Ever” by One Direction, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘em Up)” by Fall Out Boy.
Nick Olesko, band director, explained why Poland participates in band nights.
“Band nights, like the one in Canfield, are tremendous opportunities for students from all over northeast Ohio to assemble on one stage and perform for an audience of parents and community members who value the art of music and appreciate the hard work and sacrifice that goes into learning, refining and finally performing each show,” said Olesko.
Olesko has big plans for the upcoming football season.
“We hope to deliver very musical and high-energy performances that will appeal to both band show audiences as well as our football fans here in Poland as we cheer on our football team to a seventh consecutive playoff appearance,” said Olesko. Poland High School marching band will next be participating in Massillon Band Night on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Massillon Washington High School.