While many area bands have seen a resurgence under the leadership of young directors, Adams Central's band is growing too with the strength of a director who brings nearly 40 years of experience.
"This is the second biggest band I've ever had and kids have been working really hard and it's great to have kids who want to put in time and effort and commitment to do a good show," director Tom Jaworski said.
Senior clarinet player Brianna Schuck said they're encouraged to see more kids go out for band, even if there are younger kids who need someone to get them in line.
She said, "That's our goal as seniors is to help freshman because this is our fourth year doing it so they're still kind of new but they kind of pick up and go with us."
What's the explanation? "A lot of freshman like band I guess," said Danielle Traush, a senior on the drum line.
Having a bigger band pays off in different ways. Brianna said, "Makes our sound bigger and makes your social status grow."
"Just people, you meet so many people, my friends are all in band, I just have a great circle of friends," Danielle added.
Brianna said band is the one class where everyone comes together, and despite their differences, they share a common cause.
She said, "Seniors, when I was freshman, helped us out a lot and that's kind of what our class is trying to do with freshman this year is help them out and be the best they can be and help us be the best band we can be."
Jaworski is hands-on, instructing students with a headset microphone. During an early morning rehearsal, he told students, "Everybody's got to focus, you have to fix one thing every day, even one thing every tune."
"A lot of times he stops us and makes us do it over again, but it's what we need to be perfect," Danielle said.
Snare drum player Josh Nienhueser said, "He does expect a lot. As long as you try your best, he'll be happy."
"My goal is to help students learn to commit to a cause, willing to work together with other people and understand what real teamwork is about," Jaworski said.
Josh, the drummer said, "The best part is at competition when you hear Adams Central got superior. Makes it all worth it."
Students said it can be a challenge having a young band, because there's a lot to learn. They said their marching drill is tough, with lots of formations to get into, all while staying in step and hitting the right notes.
Jaworski has been teaching for 39 years, including the last 27 at Adams Central. One highlight came four years ago when they performed for President Obama's inauguration.
After four decades, it's clear Jaworski still has a passion for teaching kids.
"It's so much help having older kids who know the ropes and can help younger kids
figure out exactly, and not only show them what to do but show them how we do it but more important than all that, show them this is what we expect because without it, it wouldn't happen," he said, getting a little choked up.
Students hope the audience will get emotional too, with a performance that leaves them wanting more.
Brianna Schuck said, "It just gives you goose bumps sometimes to hear all the music and instruments connect together... when we all bring our instruments to the sideline and play out our sound just multiplies times ten. It's awesome."