Feeling the beat of the musical instruments coming together has Ryan Jaeckin, the Oberlin City School District’s new band manager, grinning from ear to ear.
Sitting in the music room at Oberlin High School, surrounded by trophies and award plaques from previous years, Jaeckin, 22, knows he has big shoes to fill — but he also knows his academic background l prepared for what’s to come when the band’s season kicks off in August.
Jaeckin, a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in music education, understands that being a bandleader isn’t just about walking under the “Friday Night Lights.”
“Being a member of a band isn’t just about walking, it’s about learning to read music, learning an instrument, and forming a cohesive sound for all to enjoy, even at a young age,” said he declared.
Jaeckin, a graduate of Avon Lake High School, will lead the group for students in grades five through 12.
“I’m so happy to be in Northeast Ohio because I know the breadth of musicality this part of Ohio has to offer,” he said with a smile. “It’s just amazing.
“We have the Oberlin Conservatory a few blocks from the neighborhood.”
Talking about his plans for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, Jaeckin said his main goal as group director is to increase the number of members.
“Before COVID, there were about 60 band members, then once the COVID pandemic hit the world, we saw a drop in the number of students wanting to engage in a band,” he said. he declares. “I want to see students engage in the orchestral program that the schools in the city of Oberlin have to offer.
“I want students to know that making music is fun. Music education is very important to students because not only does it teach them how to play an instrument, but it shows them what being a team is all about.
“It’s not just about a clarinetist or a percussion instrument – it’s about the sound everyone can create together when they form a band.”
The marching band for new students will begin on August 1.
Veteran marching band members will report for practice on August 2.
The group’s first performance will be on August 19.