Marching Band Gets “Wicked” Again

By Matt Hillebran The new school year features Dan Ehly as the new director of the LHS Marching Band. Ehly has been a teacher a LHS for 18 years and teaches marching band, concert band, and symphonic band. Out of all the music Ehly reviewed for this years’s marching performance piece, he chose music from

By Matt Hillebran

The new school year features Dan Ehly as the new director of the LHS Marching Band. Ehly has been a teacher a LHS for 18 years and teaches marching band, concert band, and symphonic band. Out of all the music Ehly reviewed for this years’s marching performance piece, he chose music from the Broadway hit “Wicked”. This isn’t the first time he has selected “Wicked”, Ehly and former band director Terry Rush co-directed “Wicked” in 2006. He picked “Wicked” again because he thinks it’s fun and exciting music. Ehly isn’t the only one who thinks “Wicked” is a great show. His family likes it and a lot of the band students enjoy the music, as well. Ehly said, “My family was excited when they found out… and the flag coordinator screamed when she heard we were doing ‘Wicked’ again.”

The musical “Wicked” depicts the sisters Witches from the fabled Wizard Of Oz and the struggles they endured prior to arrival of Dorothy’s house. The musical has received tremendous acclaim over the course of its run on Broadway and Lincoln High students traveled to Omaha last year to see a production of the show. Ironically, this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz which will be released on DVD and featured for one night in movie theaters on September 28th.

The construction has been somewhat “wicked” for the band as they prepare for competition this year. Because of the construction, the band room was moved to the west gym. Ehly doesn’t like that the band has to play in the west gym because it gets too hot. He said it isn’t a big problem; you just have to deal with it. He likes the spirit of the band and the fun music the band is playing.

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