Placer band’s ‘Thriller’ wows crowd

By: Kristine Guerra Journal Correspondent
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While many are excited about the football playoffs, Placer High School Marching Band has also had its share of cheers from the crowd. In all of the home playoff games, the band performed its version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The performance was warmly received by the crowd, band Director David Lawrenson said. “It was fantastic,” Lawrenson said. “It was the biggest response and the loudest applause I’ve heard in the four years that I’ve been here.” Lawrenson said the band usually uses a Latin song for the opener, and this is the first time the band used a Michael Jackson theme. “It works out really well as an opener,” Lawrenson said. “The opener has to kind of be a big tune and that works out really well.” With the drum majors dressed like Jackson, the band played the melody of the first half of the song and danced the other half together with the cheerleaders. “Halfway through the song, we put down our instruments and just started dancing,” said Jackson Klopp, junior and drum major. “It was the first time in a long time that we actually got a cheer during halftime.” The choreography was based on Jackson’s “Thriller” video. Molly Fries, senior, trumpet player and president of the band student council, said the idea of performing a Michael Jackson song was suggested by Lawrenson. “We kind of thought he was joking at first, and we started getting really excited about it,” Fries said. “The crowd got really excited when we started the Michael Jackson routine. It’s the loudest cheer I’ve heard in a football game.” Junior and trombone player Aaron Tomahefsky said there was a lot of energy from the band. “Everybody likes doing the dance,” Tomahefsky said. “Everybody’s into it.” Lawrenson said the entertainment at halftime helps make the atmosphere of Friday night football better.