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Students sound off in Scecina's Rock Band

Hannah Higgins (front left) is lead vocalist for Scecina's Rock Band. The group plays six to eight gigs a year outside of the school and has played for 10 years at the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. 

By Cari Gallagher '93, Athletics Assistant

Scecina junior Hannah Higgins can belt out a tune. She likes being on stage and singing songs with “vocal variety.” Hannah indulges her passion to perform current music as lead vocalist in Scecina’s Rock Band. 

Rock Band offers a musical outlet for students beyond the typical band and choir classes. Rock Band has been going strong for more than 10 years. It was started in 2005 by former math teacher John Riley. Now under the direction of Scecina music teacher Donnie Glowinski, students in Rock Band help select their set list of songs and choreograph their performances. 

“He’ll occasionally throw out a suggestion,” says Hannah, “but mostly we’ll give him suggestions and he’ll go print the lyrics and music.” Hannah says she loves singing in a rock group. “I guess it’s the experiences we get from doing gigs,” she said. 

The band performs about six to eight gigs each year, said Mr. Glowinski. 

The students entertain crowds at many of the local parish festivals, including Scecina partner schools Little Flower, Holy Spirit, and Our Lady of Lourdes. They also appear annually at the Geist Half Marathon. This spring the group made its 10th appearance at the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. 

When performing in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, the band is known as Arisan Maru, a tribute to Father Thomas Scecina, who died while ministering to fellow U.S. POWs on the Japanese ship called Arisan Maru during World War II. Depending on the musicians, each year offers a unique lineup of musical instruments. This year’s version of the band features drums, two electric guitars, a bass, a saxophone and a piano. 

For the last three years Hannah has been a force within the group. She has never missed a practice or a gig. She always comes prepared and pushes her bandmates to work hard. As the current lead singer, Hannah is astoundingly talented. She has tremendous performance ability, and she can invoke meaning into a wide range of musical genres.  Hannah, who went to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, also takes choir as a class. But Rock Band has become a second home for her. It has given her a place to be herself and fit in. 

“Hannah has shown people that kids can like all kinds of music, and that there is no one type of person that can be in a band and make music,” says Mr. Glowinski. “She brings a smile, a positive attitude, and a great work ethic to the group. She walks the walk.” 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Senora Nichols wrote:
Hola Hannah! So happy to read of your love of music and your gift of singing.
Tu cantas muy bien! Looking forward to your singing this coming spring!

Mon, January 9, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

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