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A Nobile effort New Ephrata marching band director’s first season underway
By: BETH KACHEL Review Correspondent, Staff Writer
Ephrata is alive with the sounds of summer concerts in the park and swim meets at the pool.
On July 3 the melodic ring of instruments playing in time to the steady beat of drums announced the arrival of marching band, with the promise of football games and cooler temperatures riding on every note.
Ephrata High School’s marching band kicked off the fall 2012 season this month under the leadership of new band director Adam Nobile, who said he has been anxiously "waiting for the official start of the season."
Nobile brings a passion for music and a love for teaching to the Ephrata marching band program.
"I’m excited to see where we can take the band this coming year," said Nobile," I think we’re really going to take it up to the next level. Just seeing the excitement that students have is what really drives me to do this."
Ephrata senior Madison Brubaker couldn’t be more excited.
"I’m pumped," added Brubaker, a four-year marching band veteran ready to take on the role of drum major this year. "We have almost entirely new staffing … And we’re the only people who have ever performed (this show). It’s custom made for us. Everything that you’ll see on the field is specific for us."
Since being hired in early spring, Nobile has been working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for the new season — hiring staff, choosing music, designing the show and selecting student leaders.
Nobile contracted with long-time friend and fellow music teacher Ryan Williams to custom arrange the music selections in such a way to highlight the band’s strengths.
"This is going to be cool," said Brubaker, describing her thoughts when she first heard the finished music made up of movie scores and popular tunes, all combined to tell a story.
Nobile hired Scott Muenz, who he’s worked with for several years in other bands, as assistant director. Color guard and percussion instructors round out the marching band team.
Nobile has been impressed with the level of commitment on behalf of Ephrata’s band members. This year’s band is almost 40 members strong, up about 10 members from last year. One-third of the band will be ninth graders, which bodes well for the future of the band, he said.
"This year, I’m not expecting the band to suddenly grow dramatically in numbers," said Nobile, "but I think we’re going to see growth over the next few years as we develop a bigger sense of pride and commitment with the program."
"My hope is that we use this experience to create a good show and have something that will bring more people into the music program," agreed Brubaker, who played tenor sax her other three years in marching band.
Students are expected to attend rehearsals twice a week starting in July, go to an intense week-long band camp held July 30 to Aug. 3, play at Friday football games, march in the Ephrata parade and compete in four local marching band competitions.
"You’ve got to try it," said Nobile of the value of committing to marching band, "because it’s an experience that once you try, you’re going to be hooked. It’s not just playing and having a 7 1/2-minute performance on the field. You’ll also develop friendships, you develop commitment, you develop that sense of pride; all of those things are really lifelong lessons you develop just from being in marching band."
For the past 10 years, he’s worked with various bands including Manheim Central, Columbia and Eastern York high schools. Prior to graduating with a music education degree from York College, he marched as a student in the Central York middle and high school bands and was a member of the West Chester University Golden Rams marching band.
During his "day job," Nobile serves as director of bands at Graystone Academy, a K-8 charter school in Coatesville, where he leads a band of 70 students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Using the term "musical broccoli," Nobile describes how he likes to introduce different types of music in an appealing way to his students.
"I love every day I go to work," he shared. "…It’s a lot of fun, I mean, I get the chance to actually share what I enjoy and what I have a passion for with kids, and to me that’s the most rewarding part."
Nobile’s passion for music had its birth with piano lessons and intensified in middle and high school when he played the tuba and trombone. His experience in high school band set in motion the course for his life.
"I can thank my high school band director for the reason why I chose to become a music teacher," said Nobile. "He was basically my inspiration for this. I loved seeing what he was doing and I loved making music so I thought, ‘Why not go into this as a career?’ It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made."
His current position comes with no extra-curricular responsibilities, said Noble, who lives in Leola, allowing him the time to commit to Ephrata’s marching band.
Nobile encourages community members to come hear the band this fall at football games as well as the Ephrata Band Showcase on Oct. 20. More NOBILE, page A16
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