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Fighting Scots Marching Band to perform Aug. 18

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Can’t get no satisfaction with your normal Friday night routine?

Then come out to Monmouth College’s April Zorn Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to hear the Fighting Scots Marching Band celebrate the end of its week-long band camp with a public performance.

You can’t always get what you want, but the admission price for the 40-minute show should fit most budgets – there is no charge to attend the exhibition, which (you might have guessed by now) will feature the music of the Rolling Stones.

“Every year has consistently been an improvement,” said Jordan Van Dyke, who is entering his fifth year with the band and his second as its director. “We’re continuing to progress in our marching and playing abilities.”

On Wednesday, its third full day of camp, Van Dyke said the 41-member band is “already a day ahead of where we were last year.”

That progress bodes well for a busy opening to the fall season. The band will perform three times Sept. 2-6, starting with the Fighting Scots’ home football opener at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 vs. Hope (Mich.) College.

On Sept. 4, the band will march in Galesburg’s Labor Day parade, and it will conclude its busiest stretch of the season Sept. 6, when it marches right down Broadway in the Warren County Prime Beef Festival Parade.

Later in the season, in addition to performing at all of the Scots’ home football games, Van Dyke said his group will do “something new this year” – serving as the exhibition band at competitions at Rock Island (Ill.) High School on Oct. 2 and Metamora (Ill.) High School on Oct. 17.

Last year, Van Dyke directed the band’s first “Sounds of the Stadium” evening performance under the Zorn Stadium lights, and that tradition will continue on Nov. 6.

“We typically perform during the day at football games and parades, so this gives us a chance to have a performance under the lights,” said Van Dyke, whose band could appropriately play “Let’s Spend the Night Together” for this year’s event.

Joining Van Dyke this year is assistant band director Andrew Dziuk, who is a new adjunct professor at Monmouth. This year’s drum majors are seniors Sam Dummer of Round Lake Beach, Ill., and Luke Pratt of Kewanee, Ill., and junior Chase Carnes of Monmouth.