Marching band prepares for Boardman Band Night Saturday

By Bruce Walton


The Boardman Spartan Marching Band has been practicing its show routine since late summer and now is only a day away from the big event as it hosts Boardman Band Night ’16 on Saturday evening.

This will be the first time the band will host the band night at the new Boardman stadium on the high-school campus, and uses its band shell that was completed just last month.

The stadium was completed last year, but due to weather, Boardman Band Night ’15 was canceled.

Band director Tom Ruggieri looks forward to having the event at the new stadium instead of hosting it at the stadium at Boardman Center Intermediate School.

Before the high school stadium was built, band shows and hosting games created a lot of inconvenience for the band.

“It’s so nice that if we’ve forgotten something down in the band room, we can just sent a chaperone down to get it without having to get into a car,” he said.

Ruggieri said having the stadium also provides the opportunity to rehearse on the stadium field instead of spending the band’s first time on the field the night of its performance.

Band president Savanna Wade, a senior, said she’s also excited for the change and the new band shell. To her, it gives the band an edge because of better acoustics and safety from the weather.

“It’s amazing to be able to have a whole different experience with the band shell because it takes us up another level than we did before,” she said.

The band will open with The Doors’ 1968 hit “Touch Me” followed by classic and 1990s rock songs and closing with Spaghetti Western music complete with props and choreography.

The band is under the direction of Ruggieri, Timothy Tuite and Michael Shevock. The band night also will feature performances by high-school bands from Austintown, Canfield, Lowellville, Howland, Springfield and West Branch.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Boardman High School stadium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for seniors.

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