Band Captures St. Paul’s Funk On C.D.

Brother Ray addresses the Marching Wolves before they begin recording.

Brother Ray addresses the Marching Wolves in the Briggs Assembly Center on Thursday, Dec. 4, before they begin recording. (Photo by Andrew Moran)

The St. Paul’s Marching Wolves spent Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Briggs Assembly Center playing their songbook into Band Director Andrew Moran’s microphones to bring a C.D. to the ears of all.

“It was long, difficult, and tiring, but we got it done,” Moran said. “The (band) did well.”

President Bro. Raymond Bulliard, FSC, addressed the band before they took to the microphones to record.

Band director Andrew Moran sits behind his recording rig before the session begins. (Photo by Christi Simoneaux)

Band director Andrew Moran sits behind his recording rig before the session begins. (Photo by Christi Simoneaux)

“As I told the band, this is the most ambitious recording project in the history of St. Paul’s. Nothing like this has ever been attempted,” Bro. Ray said. “(The Marching Wolves) are well known for their musical ability. Now is an opportunity to showcase it and to share it with those who, otherwise, would not have an opportunity to listen to it.”

A six-hour recording effort, the C.D. will give students, prospective students, parents, alumni, and the general population a taste of St. Paul’s signature sound.

“Some things went easier than others, and that’s expected,” Moran said.

Moran also said that the experience was beneficial for the students that have an interest in the music profession, giving them a taste of what recording sessions are like and providing real-life experiences and lessons.

During a well-deserved break, senior drum major Lane Sumrall finds a seat on junior drum major Dustin Simoneaux. (Photo by Andrew Moran)

During a well-deserved break, senior drum major Lane Sumrall finds a seat on junior drum major Dustin Simoneaux. (Photo by Andrew Moran)

“It was pretty strenuous, and pretty much on par (with a real studio experience),” Moran said. “We tried to have that same feel of what it would be like.”

The next step is the post-production of the tracks, which Moran will undertake.

“All the mastering, the mixing, the editing, and just going from there (is what’s left),” Moran said.

In addition to the Marching Wolves’ tracks, the C.D. is expected to include the sounds of the school as a whole, with some traditional school songs like “Rise Up, O Men of God” also recorded at the school’s Mass on Monday, Dec. 8, sung by the entire student body.

“One of the things that most impresses visitors when they come to our liturgies is that our young men sing,” Bro. Ray added. “They sing well and powerfully, as young men ought to. This is an opportunity, once more, to provide that experience to others who could not otherwise hear our young men sing.”

The projected release date for the C.D. is April, and every member of the band that participated in the process will receive one.

“If nothing else, (the band) is setting history for doing something this ambitious,” Bro. Ray said. “I’m very proud with how far we’ve come with music education here, and our C.D. will reflect that (progress).”

Until then, the Marching Wolves have parade season ahead of them. With one parade down, the Madisonville Christmas Parade, the band is preparing hard for Eve, Olympia, Hermes, Carrollton, Endymion, and Bacchus.

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