Music from the 80s and a good dose of rock 'n’ roll were the hallmarks of a busy year for the 54-member Mogadore Wildcat Marching Band.

The band had its premiere at the Cuyahoga Falls Preview of Bands on Aug. 15. That was followed by a busy schedule of shows, including the band's own Mogadore Band Show on Aug. 19 at Mogadore Junior-Senior High School. The Wildcats then marched at the St. Vincent St. Mary Band Show on Oct. 7 and the Rittman Band Show on Oct. 21.

"We are very busy," director Stephanie Bonitz said. "It's a fantastic experience for the students to see so many different groups and styles of bands."

The band did two different performances at their shows this year. The first half of the season, they opened with "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie, followed by a Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love," a color guard feature of A-Ha's "Take On Me," and ended the set with Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al."

Bonitz said "many community members" have since told her "they can't get the piccolo solo (from "You Can Call Me Al") out of their brain" after hearing it at the end of the show.

She called that show "one of the more challenging" ones she has designed for the band, but said they did "a fantastic job" with it.

"From range to rhythms, I wanted them to be challenged and continue to kind of kick it up a notch," Bonitz said. "I was very pleased with how they performed it."

The second show this season is a classic rock show featuring Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," the color guard feature "Dream On" by Aerosmith, and ends with AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long."

"I tried to get some good classic rock in there for the Mogadore fans, they really enjoy that," Bonitz said.

Seniors in the band this year included Payton Ambrose, Jodi Christy, Ashley Hambright and Slade Lowther. For the second year in a row, Lowther will participate in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year as a member of the Macy's Great American Marching Band.

"We were so proud last year" when he was accepted into the band in spring 2016 and marched in the 2016 parade, Bonitz said.

Now in her fifth year directing the band, Bonitz was aided this year by assistant band director and percussion instructor Calvin Miller and color guard instructor Emily Blauman, a Kent State University student working toward her music education degree.

"Slow and steady, we're working to continue to build up Mogadore's program," she said.