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Aurora – Saturday, September 22nd at 7pm, Aurora High School will behosted Thunder Over Aurora for the fourth year in a row. Thunder Over Aurora is an extended half-time show held at the high school’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Thunder Over Aurora was started in 2009 in response to the public’s enjoyment of the high school marching band’s show. According to the Aurora Band Boosters Board Vice President, Chris Meyer, the district wanted to “showcase the instrumental music programs at Aurora and surrounding communities,” and the performances allows spectators to experience the music from a “broad spectrum of bands from various schools.” A major factor in being able to host this event, Meyer said, was the installation of artificial turf at the stadium back in 2009.
Audience members can expect to hear six separate performance; the marching bands from Euclid, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, James A. Garfield, Lakewood, and the Riverside Regiment are scheduled to participate, and Aurora’s own marching band will play the closing performance for the evening. In all, nearly 750 performers are anticipated.
Meyer said, “the presentation of the show continues to be a combined effort between Aurora’s administration, Instrumental Music Department, Athletic Department, Band Boosters, and many, many parent volunteers.” The show, which functions as a fundraiser for the Aurora Band Boosters, has been the most profitable fundraising event, according to Lindsay Draime, the Aurora City Schools Director of Bands. “This event has been a wonderful project… We invite the community to attend this event to show support for these wonderful band programs and music in the schools.”

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Heather Braddock is the reporter for the cities of Aurora and Streetsboro. She hails from Bedford, where she and her husband Michael (who is also her photographer) live. A Kent State University graduate of 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Adolescent and Young Adult education for Integrated Language Arts, Heather is a high school English, media studies and communication teacher at Akron Digital Academy. She is pursuing her Masters in English for Teachers with a focus on journalism.