OHS band finds leaders but has to search for new space

Jason Hawk | Oberlin News-Tribune


Their practice field will soon be underwater.

The Oberlin High School marching band hit all the right steps Friday, ending a week-long camp on a high note.

But director Len Gnizak told us he is worried how the fall season will end.

Elementary school construction will begin at the tail end of September just south of OHS, eating up the Phoenix stadium, soccer fields, and tennis courts.

The band’s practice space at the rear of the property will become a retention pond.

That leaves Gnizak searching for a new space for after-school practices, which typically run from 6-9 p.m.

When October begins, the sun will set at 7:11 p.m. It will get earlier and earlier, and by the time the fall sports season ends sunset will be at 6:24 p.m.

“We can’t practice in the dark,” said Gnizak.

He’s in search of a practice sight with floodlights and so far hasn’t hit the jackpot.

For the rest of this story and many more photos, see the Aug. 15 edition of the Oberlin News-Tribune in the Lorain County Community Guide!