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SL bands reflect on season

Krystle Wagner • Oct 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — The 2018 marching season is in the books.

For the second year in a row, the Spring Lake High School marching band finished in first place in all invitationals they participated in, according to SLHS band directors Mark Grevengoed and Mike Truszkowski.

During the four invitationals for the 2018 season, the Lakers received best in music four times, best marching three times, best color guard twice and best percussion.

The group received a 94.5, the highest score in the school’s history, during the last invitational at East Kentwood High School.

“We attribute the band’s success on all the students that go out and put their work out there everyday on the rehearsal field and who put in time at home to learn their parts,” Grevengoed said.

The 2018 show was titled, “All You Need is Love,” and it featured songs including “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, “We Found Love,” by Rihanna, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” by Queen, and “I Have a Love” from West Side Story.

The 165-member band was the largest in the school’s history. The band also received new uniforms this year.

Grevengoed said that drum majors and student leaders “work hard to ensure that everyone is valued, contributing and putting forth a strong effort for the success of the group as a whole.”

Additionally, design staff and instructors for percussion, wind instruments and color guard work with students.

Many parents also volunteer in ways such as chaperoning band camp, pulling trailers, providing meals during rehearsals, taking care of uniforms and coordinating volunteers. Grevengoed said they’re grateful for the support and they couldn’t do it without them.

“We also love the huge crowds that would follow us to each invitational and cheer,” he said. “Most parents attend, but we are so impressed by how many former parents, alumni and just fans still come out to those shows to cheer for Spring Lake even if they don’t know anyone in the band anymore.”

While the marching season has wrapped up, the Lakers will hold the Huddle Indoor Concert at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

The band will also travel to Walt Disney World in February, where they will perform in an afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom and participate in a band clinic and color guard clinic.

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