'A Tribute to Soul'

Cavalier band prepares for soulful show.
Aug. 13, 2014 @ 07:44 AM

Cavalier band members have plenty of soul to go around and will put their musical talents on display during competition and football games this season. 

The East Rutherford High School Cavalier Marching Band began its two-week band camp last week to learn some classics for its show "A Tribute to Soul." The show features music by Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Michael Bublé. 

"We wanted a switch up from before and this is something we feel like our audience can get into," Band Director Kyle Maples said. "The music is popular but it's still back to basics." 

Songs in the show will include "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," and "Jailhouse Rock" by Presley, "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles and "Feeling Good" by Michael Bublé.

The 44-member band began working on the music last week and Maples said they are picking up on it well. He has a young band with 14 freshmen and many sophomores. 

"They are doing well all over. Band camp is always rough but I have lots of high expectations and hopes for this group," Maples said. "I have a lot more younger players than in the past and I'm really pleased with the sound. The sound is relatively mature for the group." 

The colorguard has 12 members and Guard Instructor Stephanie Chinn said they are doing a fantastic job at learning a new marching style and have great attitudes.

"We are like one big, weird family. And my captains are fantastic," Chinn said. "They can talk to the girls in a way that I'm not able to and they are great at thinking ahead." 

Clay Randall is the drum major this season. He was assistant drum major last year and has always dreamed of leading a band. 

"The best part of band camp is seeing the band grow as a whole, learning the show and getting ready for an awesome season," Randall said. "I just hope to have a good show and make the crowds go crazy." 

Maples said the band will perform its entire show during the school's first home football game. They will also attend three competitions this year. 

"My hope is for them to be proud of what they do," Maples said. "I want them to come off the field feeling like rock stars."