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Lee's Summit North Marching Band: A Blessing
September 29, 2012
Lee's Summit North Marching Band
Tribune Photo/Jeremy Flowers
By Jessica Root
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
The LSN band, made up of 106 students and led by
Scott Kuhlman, performs an elaborate routine at
every home football game. Fans hardly appreciate
the effort that goes into the halftime show.
The band practices through the summer to perfect their marching techniques as well as learn the marching production for the year. This year, the marching production features the song “Blessings” by Laura Story. She wrote it while her husband was in the hospital and it gave her strength to fight through the challenges of life.
“I am very proud of the students we have involved this year,” Kuhlman said. “They have really bought into our show theme, titled ‘Blessings’, which focuses on the blessings we have in life. They continue to improve every time out, which is always one of our primary goals.
“Blessings” also includes “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, the familiar hymn “Amazing Grace,” and also “Old Hundredth.”
“We haven’t settled yet on the literature for the Symphonic and Concert Bands, but we are working on putting together some great music for when we perform in our concert season,” Kuhlman said.
The band rehearses during first and seventh hour as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. LSN Color Guard, also a significant part of the band, has 16 female members that rehearse with the band and four additional hours each week.
The band traveled to Webb City last weekend, and finished sixth out of 24 bands. The band traveled to Blue Springs to compete yesterday, and will host the LSN Marching Invitational on October 13. The competitive season will be wrapped up at the University of Central Missouri on October 20.
The LSN and LSW music departments are combining forces to travel to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center, home of the NY Philharmonic. They leave on March 14, 2013 and will return on March 18, 2013.
“While in New York City, we will also be seeing plenty of sights,” Kuhlman said. “It’s a great educational opportunity for our students.”
Kuhlman has been LSN’s band instructor since the 2009-2010 school year. He also instructs the band at BCMS.
“Music was always a passion of mine. I didn’t ever think I would become a teacher, but the more I studied, the more I wanted to join the education profession,” Kuhlman said. “My love for this career grows with each and every performance I get to share with our students at LSN and BCMS.”
Watch the LSN band perform next after LSN’s rivalry homecoming game against LSHS Friday, October 6.