Commodores start band camp

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Season offers original music, new assistant director

LEOPOLD - Perry Central marching-band students went to work Monday on an all-original show written in part by a new assistant band director, according to Director Rob Cason.

He said Monday afternoon, the first day of this year's band camp, he was pleased with students' efforts.

"I was really happy with the day," he said. "We're in a better spot than we were in at this time last year."

This year's show is titled "Domino Effect," he said, and includes three original movements written by Chad Gayso, music director at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School, and James Powell.

The new assistant director, Powell left a position as percussion instructor at Owensboro (Ky.) High School to begin working with the Marching Commodores, and "has worked with many schools in this area and in South Carolina," Cason said.

"Domino Effect" is "very rhythmic," he said, and the performers will "play around with different-numbered dominoes, both in the music and on the field."

Now in his second season at Perry Central, Cason led the Marching Commodores to gold-medal performances at district and regional competitions last year. He said when he arrived he wanted to grow the band.

"We're looking at about 40 kids, up from 30 last year," he said, "so I'm excited about that."

His students' first performance this year will help Tell City observe its sesquicentennial as they march in that celebration's parade Saturday. Their first competition will be Sept. 6, but the location hadn't been determined, Cason said.