Lakewood High School celebrates Homecoming on Friday, September 28th during the Lakewood vs. Rocky River varsity football game at Lakewood Stadium.
This particular Homecoming has a special significance to any musician who has played in the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band during the past 29 years: it’s the last chance to perform under the direction of Mr. Brian Maskow.
Mr. Maskow, who will be retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, has taught, cajoled, counseled, challenged, and encouraged many hundreds of student musicians during his tenure as Director of Bands at Lakewood High School, and will leave behind a legacy of “Pride, Discipline, Commitment, and Respect”.
Each year, LHS Alumni Marching Band members assemble and play alongside the current year’s Ranger Marching Band on Homecoming night. A special effort is being put forth this year to find and connect with as many alumni band members and alumni auxiliaries (Flags & Rangerettes) as possible for an event that has come to be known as “Mr. Maskow’s Opus.”
In addition to using lists of Alumni band members compiled over the years, word is getting out via social media (search Lakewood Ranger Marching Band and Lakewood “Ranger” Marching Band Facebook groups, and Lakewood Ranger Alumni Marching Band Facebook event). And, for this special night, alumni who were members of any LHS band under Mr. Maskow (concert, symphonic, jazz, etc.) are invited to join in this tribute.
Mr. Sean DeRenzo, class of 1983, is spearheading the Alumni Marching Band preparations for the evening. Alumni who wish to participate should contact Sean (216-570-3019) in order to discuss music, instruments, and to reserve an LHS Alumni Marching Band T-shirt.
There will be two opportunities to meet with fellow Alumni Band members to check-in and rehearse before the game: Thursday, September 27th at 7pm in the Band Room, and/or Friday, September 28th at 5:30pm in the LHS Choir Room. Alumni Marching Band participants will be admitted to the game for free. The Lakewood Marching Band Parents will host a reception in the LHS Choir Room for all Alumni Band participants after the game.
Spread the word! Please convey this message to former members of the LHS Ranger Marching Band: Dust off that instrument, brush up on the LHS Fight Song and LHS Alma Mater and find a way back to Lakewood for a final Alumni Marching Band salute to Mr. Brian Maskow.