Jason Stuckert, Drum Major, The Ohio State University Marching Band, is returning to his Avon Lake roots the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17.
On Friday night, he will join the Avon Lake Marching Shoremen at their 7 p.m. home football game against North Olmsted.
On Saturday at 3 p.m. he will lead a demonstration/teaching session for all interested (baton’s will be available), culminated by an appearance in the 7 p.m. Avon Lake Bandarama Saturday evening.
Jason is looking forward to his weekend back at Avon Lake. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the opportunities I had at Avon Lake. The school administrators and teachers, Mr. Eddleman, Avon Lake’s Band Director, and the support from students, family and friends provided the platform for me to excel. Now I can return and say thank you and hopefully encourage others to reach for their dreams.”
At 12 years old Jason received his first Gray baton and began his dream to be Avon Lake’s Drum Major. He practiced twice a day, normally ending his day throwing high tosses in his front yard in the dark. Four years later he was leading the Shoremen down the field and served as Avon Lake’s Drum Major for 3 years, graduating in 2009. His athleticism, strutting and tricks on the field energized the crowds. It was his high tosses that rose above the stadium lights, however, that had the students and fans on their feet, cheering and clapping each performance.
In 2010, Jason achieved his next dream, becoming Ohio State’s Drum Major and this fall he is beginning his second season leading The Best Damn Band in the Land. He has continued with the high tosses but has added to his repertoire the famous OSU back bend, i-dotting during Script Ohio and gymnastic moves that defy gravity while his Gray baton spins in the air above.
Being OSU’s Drum Major includes multiple personal appearances a month throughout Ohio, promoting the University, recruiting students, thanking alumni and supporting various community events and fund raisers. They have ranged from a “Make-A-Wish” fund raiser with Rascal Flatts, the seasonal openings of Cedar Point, the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, Columbus Symphony’s Pops concerts, community parades, Browns and Bengals games, new school openings and OSU Alumni Band concerts.
Avon Lake Band-A-Rama
Avon Lake High School will host their 47th Annual Band-A-Rama on Sat., Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Lake Memorial Stadium. The performing bands will include: Oberlin, Firelands, North Ridgeville, Bay Village, Eastwood, Olmsted Falls, Elyria, Clearview, and the Avon Lake Marching Shoremen. This ever popular marching band festival is the best way to see all the new season programs in one entertaining evening! Admission is $5. In addition to the nine bands, Jason Stuckert, Drum Major for The Ohio State University, and an Avon Lake High School alumnus, will perform at the Band-A-Rama as well as the September 16 7PM Friday home football game against North Olmsted.
Avon Lake High School Band-on-Demand Raffle
The Annual ALHS Band-on-Demand raffle is now underway, sponsored by the Avon Lake High School Band Aids band booster organization. The winner of the raffle will have the entire 120 member-ALHS Marching Shoremen play at the Avon Lake home, business or park of your choice on Friday, October 7th, 2011 (prior to away game – at approximately 5:00pm). Drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Homecoming Festival – winner need not be present. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be purchased from any ALHS marching band member, or for other ticket info, call:(440)933-0955.