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Scecina's student band rocks on all over Indy

  Scecina's rock band, Arisan Maru, is led by members of the Class of 2015: (back row, from  left) Jackson McLaughlin, Kevin Walters, John  Rash and Alex Verbarg; (front row) Jessica  Navarro, Chastin Henley and Audrey Petrone.  There also are freshman and JV bands. The band  is directed by moderator Donnie Glowinski.

By Cari Gallagher '93

It is the rare music group that can command an audience in the tens of thousands, but on May 2 and  May 16, that is exactly what the Scecina Rock Band did.

Making return appearances at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon and the Geist Half Marathon, Scecina’s talented singers and musicians performed for capacity crowds on both occasions. Their set list offers today’s most popular songs by Bastille and Imagine Dragons, as well as classic hits by the Beatles, The Jackson 5 and other iconic music legends.

Founded by Scecina math teacher John Riley, and originally intended as guitar club, the group has morphed into a full-blown rock and roll ensemble that includes 18 Scecina students divided into three bands: freshman, JV and varsity. This tiered system allows Crusader underclassmen a chance to be involved in one of the most popular clubs at Scecina, while learning the ins and outs of performance, musicality and showmanship from the more experienced juniors and seniors.

This year’s Rock Band is led by six members from the Class of 2015: drummer John Rash, guitarists Kevin Walters and Jack McLaughlin, bass player Audrey Petrone, Alex Verbarg on the trumpet, and singers Chastin Henley and Jessica Navarro.

Through the Scecina Rock Band program, students are exposed to a variety of music ranging from today’s top songs to classic hits made famous by their parents’ and grandparents’ generations. The groups perform across a wide range of musical genres as well, playing rock songs by The Kinks, catchy pop tunes by Megan Trainor, and country ballads by Dolly Parton.

It’s not too late to catch a performance by the Scecina Rock Band. The next stop on their summer tour is a gig at the Little Flower Parish Festival on Friday, May 29, from 5-8 p.m. They will follow that with two free concerts at the Holy Spirit Parish Festival on Thursday, July 9, from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 11, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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