The newest face in Bethel athletics has a musical challenge in front of him.
Brad Shores, Haven, will recruit for and build Bethel’s first-ever scramble band, the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas.
He begins his position as Bethel’s athletic band director in mid-May.
A scramble band, or scatter band, is a particular type of field-performing band with distinct characteristics — most notably, scramble bands don’t normally march. The name comes from the way the band moves between formations — by running to each without using a prescribed path, called scrambling or scattering.
The band will also function as a pep band.
Shores, who has been named the Kansas Music Educators Association Outstanding High School Music Educator for 2015-16, is currently the middle-school and high-school band instructor for USD 312 in Haven.
He has been there since 2000, leading marching, pep, concert and steel drum bands as well as giving instruction in guitar and music theory. Shores is himself a steel-drum player.