Members of Rock Band gather for a group photo after performing at the 2014 Geist Half Marathon.
During World War II, Father Thomas Scecina was among the many POWs who lost his life on a Japanese Imperial ship. Today, students at Scecina Memorial remember the bravery of Father Scecina in many ways; one way is by naming the school’s rock band after the ship he died on, the Arisan Maru.
Scecina’s rock band began playing in the early 2000s. It was originally formed as an outlet for guitar players, since there was not much of a place for them in formal music classes. Over the course of a few years, the group grew into a full-fledged rock band. The students worked hard to achieve this through performing at concerts and small shows to raise money. Now there are so many students interested in participating in the Rock Band Club that there are two bands!
The talented group of young people who make up Arisan Maru perform on many stages throughout the year. And they take complete ownership of their performances by interacting with the audience, transitioning between songs, and selecting their own music. The club moderator, Mr. Donnie Glowinski —or “Head Roadie” as he calls himself—attests to how hard the group works. He and parent volunteer, Mr. Rob Rash, are at rehearsals to instruct the students and put together all of their talents. The result is a successful, self-motivated band.
If you haven’t seen them play yet, the Arisan Maru are at many festivals and events throughout the year. Among the many shows the Arisan Maru has played or will play are:
- Little Flower Summer Fest
- Holy Spirit Festival
- St. Bernadette Festival
- OLL Festival
- Feast of Lanterns
- Irvington Halloween Festival
- Indianapolis Mini Marathon
- Geist Marathon
- St. Lawrence Festival
- Marion County Fair
To keep up-to-date on where the band is performing, follow @ScecinaNow on Twitter.
June 17, 2014
by Kelsey Abelein filed under