This week’s WTRF/C.A. House Band of the Week comes to us from Jefferson County. With over 150 students marching in the band, Indian Creek High School has the largest marching band in the Ohio Valley.
The Indian Creek Marching Band has grown significantly over the years. Starting off, the band had 29 members. Fast forward to 2015 and they now have 154 students marching in the band.
Despite the band being comprised of mostly freshmen, band director, Donald Lleweyn says this is one of the hardest working group of kids he’s ever had in his 15 years.
“What I can tell you is we are a little bit young, but this may be the best band I’ve ever had. So we are working hard it sounds great and we are just working to perfect the show for when they get home here next week,” said Lleweyn.
Lleweyn says these students come from all different walks of life but when they step on the field for practice, their goal is to be loud and proud.
Despite everyone coming from different backgrounds, band members say joining the band has been a life changing experience.
“It’s wonderful because you get to meet so many new people and have a lot of fun with everybody. For the four years I’ve been in it, it’s been the best time of my life,” said Indian Creek Senior, Gage Turner.
“Honestly, probably one of the best experiences of my life. It’s just my favorite thing to do during the day when we come out here,” said Indian Creek Senior, Cheyenne Bodnar.
The band has been putting in countless hours of practice since June. Each week, they practice up to 8 hours in preparation for Friday’s football game.
“When you get out there everything just seems to come together and you worry all week about what its giong to be like and what happens and everything just works and flows together perfectly,” said Indian Creek Senior, Sierra Vahalik.
The marching band will have a chance to show case how loud and proud they are at this week’s game against Oak Glen.