What are the benefits of taking a risk when you know there is a chance of failure? The possibility is success, which is how the GHS drumline was formed.

What are the benefits of taking a risk when you know there is a chance of failure? The possibility is success, which is how the GHS drumline was formed.

It all started at the first football game of the 2009-2010 school year when Kyle Duling dared Krista Jarboe to dance on the field during halftime. When she did, the crowd went wild, and that’s when the drummers decided that they could make something of their talent.

At every football game, basketball game, and special function since then, the drumline performs in order to instill spirit in viewers.

Coach Jeremiah Hudson, who thinks the concept has worked, said, “The drumline has been a great addition to Friday nights. They are loud, they are entertaining, and the crowd gets into it! What’s not to like?”

This year’s drumline consists of Lucas Gorentz and Russell Frisbee, quints; Krista Jarboe, Kyle Bauder and Matthew Suver, bass drum; Shiloh James, Chelsi Maples, Alex Tippie, Bre Daly, Graham Dixon and Mike McCormick, snare drum; and an occasional appearance of John Duling on bass drum.

“Drumline is a great way to get the school and community motivated for whatever activities are going on in the area. It is also fun to get out in front of your friends and play music,” said Lucas Gorentz.

The GHS drumline has performed at football games, pep rallies, and the Girard Homecoming this year, but their season is far from over.

Performances will last until the end of basketball season, so the public will have an extended opportunity to view one.

Regarding the drumline, GHS band director Willy Abati said, “I am really happy the percussion kids have decided to spend the time needed to have a quality group. I really enjoy listening to them and hope other people do as well.”