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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Decker drums up idea for pep band platform in senior project


April 19, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Elias Decker has been the Wrangell High School pep band drummer for four years. The drums were set up behind the bleachers when the band would play at rallies or games. Decker is building a platform so that future drummers will be in front and up with the rest of the band for all to see.

Elias Decker wants to elevate the stature of the pep band drummer - literally.

For his high school graduation project, the 18-year-old senior is building a platform to allow the band's drummer to play alongside the saxes, clarinet and cowbell.

The idea for the platform came to Decker when he attended basketball regionals in Juneau in March. Two drum platforms were set up at opposite ends of the bleachers in the Thunder Mountain High School gym so that bands from competing schools could take turns playing.

"The band director there ... he gave me dimensions for the whole thing, and they have...

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