Former student to lead the Glenbrook North band

Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, brings a marching band to the first home football game on September 2, directed by Richard Chapman and Andrew Zweibel, who replaces Mark Running due to retirement. Mr Zweibel is a graduate of the University of Miami and, before that, of Glenbrook North, having played trumpet with his senior class of 2007.


Glenbrook North marching band (school website)

The band is led on the field by drum majors Emma Brooks and Alli Torf, who are both juniors, the Pioneer Press reports.

The field show will be entitled “Sound, Shape & Color” and feature hats with colorful plumes and rainbows in the colorguard, it’s been said. Plus synthesizers in the pit.

The show “explores the building blocks of art,” Mr Zweibel was quoted as saying. “It’s more about understanding how different aspects come together.”

In addition to several home football games, the marching band is expected to perform at Prospect High School in Mt Prospect on October 1 and at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox on October 15.

Mr Zweibel served as director of bands for a few years at South Dade Senior High School in Homestead, Florida, before coming home to Illinois, a journey, as yet incomplete, that must’ve inspired him and at least a few of his current students.

“I mean, it’s a dream come true,” he said during the band’s 41st summer camp at Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside this week. “This program instilled a love for music.”

So just imagine how many students now at Glenbrook North will have those same dreams of coming home to their own communities and giving something back. I look forward to seeing the 80 members of Glenbrook North’s band take the field this season, competition for which begins on the September 2–3 weekend.

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