The Lincoln High School marching band will perform at the Detroit Red Wings’ home season opener Oct. 6 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Pictured, the Lincoln Marching Abes perform Sept. 17 at Lincoln Middle School.

The Lincoln High School marching band will perform at the Detroit Red Wings’ home season opener Oct. 6 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Pictured, the Lincoln Marching Abes perform Sept. 17 at Lincoln Middle School.

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Abes to march into Red Wings season opener

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published September 27, 2019

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WARREN/DETROIT — Hockey fans attending the Detroit Red Wings’ home season opener Oct. 6 against the Dallas Stars will have the chance to hear the musical talents of the Lincoln High School marching band.

The Lincoln Marching Abes will help kick off the 2019-20 season at Little Caesars Arena, or LCA, in Detroit prior to the big game. The Abes are taking part in LCA’s marching band showcase program, which serves as a fundraiser for participating schools.

The Lincoln Marching Abes are set to perform at 5:30 p.m. outside the Woodward Avenue entrance. They’ll continue playing for about 45 minutes by marching in a mini-parade over to the Chevy Plaza. The band is ready to entertain with a number of Motown hits, plus some other tunes. As they play, an outdoor screen will display either the band or the district’s logo.

Kelsi VanCura, the director of bands for Van Dyke Public Schools, said the band also was asked to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the hockey game begins. Organizers are still figuring out the logistics, but the 65-member band most likely will perform the national anthem in the stands as opposed to on the ice. Students who want to stay, watch the game and cheer on their team must purchase a ticket.

“I think this is a really exciting opportunity for the students,” said Van Dyke Superintendent Piper Bognar, who plans to head over to the arena Sunday to watch the band. “There’s a great sense of pride in what they do.”

According to school officials, playing in the band provides a number of benefits.

“Studies have shown it helps students connect more to mathematics, and there’s a great sense of camaraderie in band,” Bognar said. “It’s part of the school day they value the most.”

Under the Michigan Merit Curriculum, band students can earn a visual and performing arts credit for their first year in the program. After that, they can earn elective credits toward their high school diploma.

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