ECCC Band features 'Blues Brothers' theme
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:00 AM
The Wall O' Sound Marching Band at East Central Community College in Decatur boasts 160 members for the 2013 College term and will feature a "Blues Brothers" theme sure to get the fans involved and excited!
Second year director Hunter Corhern said, "Mr. (Ed) Girling (assistant band director) and I sat down following last marching season and brainstormed on what would be a fun, exciting marching band show,"
Corhern said. "We were about 50 percent committed to an idea, which we won't share in case we use it next year, when the Blues Brothers just popped into our heads. After a few minutes of discussion, we knew that was the direction we wanted to go for this year's band!
"This year, we made a point to feature both our Centralettes dance team and our ECCC Color Guard, as well as the largest percussion section in EC's history. Our drill will help the band sound larger, and they'll even get a chance to dance for the audience!"
Corhern said most of the songs for this year's show are from the original movie including "I Can't Turn You Loose," the unofficial "Blues Brothers" theme seen during the mall chase scene; "Soul Man," from the original "Saturday Night Live" sketch of the "Blues Brothers," featuring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi; and "Shake a Tail Feather," as presented by Ray Charles in the movie.
He added, "For our drum feature, we used "Funky Nassau" from the sequel "Blues Brothers 2000," which includes solos from Chandler Smith of Philadelphia on keyboard and vocals by Claire Griffin of Decatur and Kara Miller of Hickory.
The show's closing number is "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," from the ending of the original movie.
Colton Hurst of Hickory will serve as the "Blues Brothers" announcer and will be "singing, dancing, and leading us through the show," Corhern said.
In addition to Corhern and Girling, members of the band's
instructional staff include Tina Sanders, Centralette Coordinator/Choreographer and Kelsey Sykes, Color Guard Coordinator.