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A soundtrack to the game: Bands energize football players and fans

10:19 PM, Sep. 20, 2013
The D.C. Everest Senior High School marching band leads its football team to the field Friday before the team's game against Appleton West at Stiehm Stadium in Weston.
The D.C. Everest Senior High School marching band leads its football team to the field Friday before the team's game against Appleton West at Stiehm Stadium in Weston.
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Beneath the bright lights that shine on high school football fields each Friday night throughout the fall season, athletes take the field to the cheers of hundreds of fans.

But it's the school band that provides the soundtrack to the night - the right mix of music can inspire and energize every player on the field and every fan in the stands.

"A football game without the band? Unthinkable," said Paul Stein, 62, of Weston, who has attended nearly every Wausau East High School home football game since he played for Wausau High School in the 1960s. "The music makes the whole game." ...

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