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High school marching bands
prepare for season


The tuba section puts out the sound during Millersburg's band camp

As school begins for another year, so does another ‘‘season’’ – the season for marching bands.

All six Sentinel-area high schools will field a band for football halftime shows and, in come cases, field competitions. Many of the groups also have plans to march in parades locally and in other areas, while all intend to be present at the Gratz Fair’s 2015 Cavalcade of Bands event Friday, Sept. 25.

Once again, the Sentinel presents a preview of the six area bands.

HALIFAX

Thirty-four Wildcat Marching Band members will take the field with a show entitled ‘‘The Villains of Broadway.’’

The show opens with ‘‘Prologue and Murder, Murder’’ from ‘‘Jekyll and Hyde,’’ followed by ‘‘Master of the House’’ from ‘‘Les Miserables,’’ featuring the percussion section. The show  then moves on to the campy "Dentist" from ‘‘Little Shop of Horrors.’’  It concludes with music from ‘‘Wicked.’’

Drum majors are Justin Mancini and Hannah Roux. Band Council members are Roux, president; Zachary Thompson, vice president; Derrick Morris, treasurer; Christopher Hogan, secretary; and Emily Scheib, guard representative.

 Director Amy Schade is assisted by Dan Schade as well as Jodi Thompson, guard instructor; and Jonathan Chambers, percussion instructor.

Halifax will perform at the Central Dauphin and Williams Valley competitions, as well as Halloween parades in Halifax, Millersburg and Elizabethville.

LINE MOUNTAIN

The 2015 version of the Marching Eagles will consist of 53 members.  Their halftime show is entitled ‘‘Motown Hits,’’ featuring ‘‘I Want You Back,’’ ‘‘Papa Was a Rollin' Stone’’ and ‘‘Ain't No Mountain High Enough,’’ as well as ‘‘Respect.’’

Drum majors are Makayla Lorenz and Amanda Deeben. Section leaders are Rebecca Masser, woodwind captain; Samuel Ferster, high brass captain; Wade Houseman, low brass captain; and Chris Deppen and Brianna Shervinskie, drumline co-captains.

Dana Brown joins the Marching Eagles as band director, joined by Cheryl Ibberson, assistant director; Alexis Bixler, band camp assistant; Courtlyn Trautman, color guard director; Cody Dauber, drill watcher; and Caleb Keefer, drill technician.

The Marching Eagles can be seen at the Bloomsburg Fair Band Day; Line Mountain Homecoming Parade in Herndon; Halloween parades in Millersburg, Elizabethville and Herndon; and the Susquehanna Valley Mall Holiday Parade.

MILLERSBURG

Seventy members of the Marching Indians will take the field this year with the show, ‘‘A Walk Down Broadway, featuring songs from ‘‘Phantom of the Opera,’’ ‘‘Les Miserables,’’ ‘‘Chicago’’ and ‘‘Jersey Boys.’’

Drum Majors are: Richard Cross and Leah Slemmer. Majorette captains are  Cheyan Lebo, Julia Pirie and Josolyn Witmer. Student section leaders include Linsey Sherrill and Dana Slemmer, flutes; Cayla Paul and Kailyn Petery, clarinets; Cassidy Prince, saxophones; Sarah Romberger and Tatum Lloyd, trumpets; Sadie Etzweiler, mellophones; Jessica Cover, low brass; Keir Hunter and Gage Sutton, percussion; and Rebecca Zeller, honor guard.

Kenneth Campbell, returns as director, assisted by Kasey Campbell. Additional staff are Heather Smith, silks instructor; Chelsea Zimmerman and Victoria Slemmer, majorette instructors; and Collin Harris, Katelin Morrison and Hayley Daub, field and music staff. Student assistant is Britteny Miller.

The Marching Indians will be perform at the Black Diamond Cavalcade in Shamokin Saturday, Sept. 19; the Millersburg and Lenkerville Halloween parades, Saturday, October 14 and Friday, Oct. 30, respectively; and Susquehanna Valley Mall Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 21. Their 2016 calendar already includes the Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday, March 19); and the Millersburg Memorial Day Parade (Monday, May 30).

TRI-VALLEY

For 2015, the Bulldogs will field 83 marching members. This year’s show features a variety of songs made popular in the 1990s.

"90's Sensations" opens with music by Sugar Hill Gang, Backstreet Boys, Haddaway, and Britney Spears.  Their second number is ‘‘Creep’’ by the grunge metal band, Radiohead.  The band will close their show with a medley, featuring Santana and Rob Thomas's ‘‘Smooth,’’ followed by ‘‘Basket Case,’’  made popular by the punk rock band Green Day.

Drum majors are Ryan Schaffer and Kortney Heim. Student leaders are Gabbby Quandel, president; Ashley Heiser, vice president; Alyssa Leitzel, secretary; and Jessica Underkoffler, Raquel Harring and Liberty Geist, librarians.

Section leaders are Alexa Romberger, Mikayla Ulicny, Gabby Quandel, Katie Kender, Ashley Heisler, Kieffer Quandel, Tanner Wolfgang, Willy Ward, Colton Fox, Matilda Risso, Bailey Romberger, Tara Bernes, Emily Bowman, Kylee Clark,  and Rachel McGovern.

Justin Welker returns as director. The music was arranged by Drew Bonner and the drill was written by Chris Evans.

UPPER DAUPHIN AREA

This year’s Trojan Marching Band has 40 members. The fall field show features songs from the film and musical ‘‘The Lion King,”

The show opens with “Circle of Life,’’ followed by ‘‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King,’’ ‘‘Hakuna Matata’’ and ‘‘Be Prepared.’’ Closing number is ‘‘King of Pride Rock.’’ Soloists include Addy Wolfe, flute; Brenna Hoffman, tenor saxophone; and Marissa Erdman, clarinet.

Brenna Hoffman and Lauren Harner are senior and junior drum majors, respectively. Additional leaders are Courtney Shaffer, color guard captain; and Daisy Hoover, assistant color guard captain.

Band Director Elaine Cramer is assisted by John Kuehl, as well as Emily Cramer, color guard director; and Heath Starr, percussion tech.

UDA will compete at Saturday field events in North Schuylkill (Sept. 26); Northern York (Oct. 10); Tournament of Bands Chapter 6 (Oct. 24); and TOB Atlantic Coast (Oct. 31). In addition, the musicians will perform at Halloween parades in Elizabethville and Lykens.

WILLIAMS VALLEY

This year’s Viking Pride band fields 60 members.   The 2015 show, entitled "Revolution: The Machine Awakes," tells the story of the industrial and technological revolutions and the fight between technology and humanity. All the music is drawn from Cirque de Soleil soundtracks and original compositions. 

The four parts of the show are: Part I: "Power -The Machine Awakes;" Part II: "Evolution - A Technical Breakthrough;’’ Part III “Humanity - Man and Machine;’’ and Part IV: "Apprehension - What Will the Future Hold?"

Katherine Stroup is drum major and Morgan Riegel is assistant to the drum major.

The student-run Executive Board includes: Andrew Dickinson, president; Anthony Bowser, vice president; Kaitlyn Koppenhaver, secretary; and  Tyler Shadle, treasurer.  Kristina Stroup is the head librarian; and Brady Klinger is the head equipment manager.

Section leaders are Sydney Sims and Kristina Stroup, flutes; Paige Picola, clarinets; Andrew Dickinson, saxophones; Tyler Shadle, trumpets;  Jason Troutman and Duncan Girard, low brass; Cattie Jones and Mikayla Girard, color guard; Zac Rebuck and Ian Rex, drumline; and Emily Ferraro and Rachel Gibson, pit percussion.

Band Director Keith Gromis is assisted by Edward Wilson. Additional staff are Kathy Ferraro, color guard director; Jim Schoffstall, percussion assistant; Morgan Collins, percussion assistant; Chelsea Ferraro, brass assistant; and Chris Evans, drill designer.

The Viking Pride band will participate in the following Saturday competitions: Schuylkill Haven (Sept. 19); North Schuylkill and  Blue Mountain (Sept. 26); Conrad Weiser (Oct. 3); Shikellamy (Oct. 10); TOB Chapter Championships (Oct. 24); Manheim Central (Oct. 31); and TOB Atlantic Coast Championships (Nov. 7). Also on the schedule is the Cavalcade of Bands Championships (Sunday,  Nov. 15) and an exhibition performance at the Williams Valley competition (Saturday, Oct. 17).

The band also has several local Halloween parades on its itinerary.




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