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Toledo Magazine: Evergreen Marching Band

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Snare drummer Kyle Harmon and other members of the drumline get funky after performing their halftime show at Evergree's first home game in Metamora on Aug. 30.

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Band Director Chris Lyons speaks to the Evergreen band members on Aug. 5, the first day of band camp. When Lyons started 23 years ago, there were 13 students in the band. About 120 students from ninth to 12th grade are in the band.

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Evergreen band director Chris Lyons welcomes students to band camp. Self-deprecating humor, candor, and respect are Lyons' tools with the students.

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Band director Chris Lyons instructs his students on the practice field during band camp.

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Marching band members practice marching on the field without their instruments.

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Band director Chris Lyons uses humor to reach his high school students on the first day of camp.

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The Evergreen marching band clarinet section listens to its director as the students participate in an indoor music rehearsal.

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The trombone section listens to Mr. Lyons instructions regarding the music.

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Evergreen band director Chris Lyons gives instructions to his musicians.

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A clarinet player practices music for an upcoming halftime show.

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Evergreen drumline members Ross Shaffer and Haley Reiter, at back, watch as Jake Dowling plays around with his sticks.

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Keegan O'Neil, second from left, in a drumstick duel with fellow drummer Jake Dowling [not pictured]. Other percussionists are, from left: Kyle Harmon, Mike Smithmyer, third from left, Cody Mitchey, and Courtney Smith.

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Trombone players Brendan Miller, Payton Miller, and Jessi Ducat listen to director Lyons as he reminds them of the importance of being respectful when listening to other bands as they play the national anthem.

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Evergreen marching band clarinet players are, from left, Emma Carpenter, Brittney Wilson, Liz Smithmyer, Rylee Svoboda, and Taylor Konwinski.

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Evergreen marching band students practice parade marching on the second day of band camp.

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An Evergreen percussionist practices flipping his sticks during some down time.

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Mellophone and saxophone players practice halftime music during an indoor rehearsal.

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Trumpeters Wes Allen, left, and Nick Hendricks read the music while they listen to a recording.

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Band members practice marching and playing on the second day of band camp.

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A trumpet player ties the shoe of bass drummer who can't see her shoes when marching.

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A piccolo player lets another student examine her instrument.

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A trombone player puts copies of music into his flip folder for practice.

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Flutists practice together in the hallway.

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Anna Ruth, left, Chelsey Miller And other members of the band during practice huddle to hear their director's instructions on the last day of band camp.

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Clarinetists share a laugh during the last day of band camp.

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Lauren Shaffer gets the chin strap of her hat adjusted by Rylee Svoboda before the first home game.

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Evergreen marching band members are excited to perform at their first home game this season.

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First year high school band member Dillon Buck, left, gets help with his uniform cord from Darin Kurland.

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John Curtis, left, and Sarah Lumbrezer goof around shortly before the first home game. Behind them are Jessica Makula, second from left, and Alyson Salsberry, right.

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Ethan Van Loocke, left, the band's senior of the week, holds the band's motto, "First Class All the Way", as the band members file out of the band before the first home game.

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Drum majors Lexi Anteau, left, and Marissa Miller lead the band as they cheer the Evergreen High School football team from their bleachers in the end zone.

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The Evergreen High School Marching Band performs at halftime.

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Director Chris Lyons chats with his band members during the game.

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Sousaphone players Andrew Markley, left, and Jordan Buerger and the rest of the band quietly rehearse "Dude (looks like a lady)" before halftime.

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Cheerleader and saxophone player Erica Harmen joins the band during halftime. 15 football players and seven cheerleaders are Evergreen High School band members.

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