2014 Skyliners Open House A Success
The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps’ Open House yesterday was an enormous success, and an exciting beginning for this legendary drum corps in our journey to hit the field in 2014. More than 100 performers (almost 110!) actively participated – playing brass, battery, cymbals and pit percussion with more than 20 color guard performers practicing. In addition to the Skyliners staff, we also welcomed about 25 parents and a number of Skyliner Alumni who came out to perform or show support.
Rob Stein, Brass Designer, and Scott Carey led the brass instruction, supported by Mark Murphy, Ryan Lamoreux, and Ed O’Connor. After warm-ups, the horn line worked through the first 1-1/2 minutes of the show – “Feeling Good” – which included hints of melody from “Blue Skies.” This arrangement gives the listener everything you want to hear from this horn line – featured brass players, lush chords, and well-placed dynamics that build into the rush that one would expect from this song.
The enthusiasm and talent level of the battery, under the direction of Percussion Caption Head Eric Boylan, and Brendan Carter, will be a driving force for 2014. The battery ensembled the Opener with the horn line in the auditorium under the direction of Drum Majors Adam Burdett and Steph Carbonell.
Ashley Eden – Front Ensemble Technician, worked with the 14 – 15 pit percussionists on keyboards and technique. To give everyone a taste of the talent level and potential of this group, the Front Ensemble performed for the other members and attendees at the end of the day. The Skyliners are thrilled to welcome cymbal players to the corps as well.
The color guard members in attendance, led by Michele Fadden, Color Guard Instructor, stretched, danced, and learned a flag routine to go with the corps’ opener, “Feeling Good”. At the end of the day, the color guard performed their routine for the rest of the attendees. Their movement and work definitely helped convey the sentiment and mood of this song.
All in all, it was a great Skyliner Open House and first step towards taking the field in 2014. We thank everyone who attended today, everyone who helped set up and clean up for the Open House, or helped in many ways to make it such a success. To those who were not able to attend due to school/family commitments, please mark the Skyliners’ next rehearsal on your schedule:
Date/Time: November 30, 2013 10:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Location: Wyoming Valley West High School
150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651
Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.Sky2014.org, or the new Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/skylinersdbc. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at join [at] sky2014 [dot] org.