I would like to take this opportunity to promote the West Chester East High School band competition next weekend at our high school, Saturday, September 29th at 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA 19380. There will be 11 bands competing including a performance of the National Anthem by the Fugett Middle School 7/8 band. The following bands will be competing Marple Newtown, Ridley, Springfield, Kennett, Hunterdon Central Regional, Penn Wood, Downingtown West, Southern Regional, Great Valley, Haverford and Upper Perkiomen High Schools.
The competition begins at 6pm, rain or shine (rain location will be the gym for a standstill music performance). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors.
The East High School Band is 43 members strong and this year our theme is “Once Upon a Time…” the classic story of Snow White versus the Wicked Queen; good versus evil. The music has been composed by Center X productions arranger Sean Wagoner and Alan Keown with drill design by Justin McAdams and color guard choreography by Joshua Jefferson.
Lorraine E. Huddy, Director of Bands
West Chester East High School
The Ridley marching show this past Saturday made for great entertainment with some added excitement from mother nature. The marching show consisted of 14 Marching Bands, The Temple University Marching Band and of-course Ridley themselves. Many band members, parents and spectators alike all seem to notice one main theme at Ridley, the brightly colored tie-dye tee-shirts, which when you looked close enough did not have their names on them but the instrument they played. While the majority of the show took place on a nice sunny day with a breeze mother nature decided to make an appearance as Haverford HS Marching Band was performing their show. KUDOS to Haverford marching band! While the spectators and previously played bands ran for cover as the sudden burst of heavy rain fell you looked back to see that Haverford HS remained on the field playing through their set. After completing their set they still marched off as normal. That’s dedication! After the brief delay the remaining four marching bands and Ridley themselves took the floor inside and while not able to perform the drills it was a great ending to a somewhat crazy evening.
This past Saturday Chichester HS marching band participated in the Ridley HS marching show. Luckily their performance happened before the downpour that soaked everyone in attendance. The Chichester marching band performed numbers from Journey. The numbers were entertaining and the soloist were solid. Chichesters guard portrayed the time periods style with vibrant colors and teased hair.
In the end the performance earned Chichester HS marching band with their first First place trophy since being back in the competitive circuit. As Chichesters Drum Majors: Tim Cislo and Virginia Tanner accepted their trophy the band and parents erupted in celebration.
Chichester HS also hosted its first Cavalcade of Bands show on Sept. 15. 2012. This definitely seems to be the year of first for Chichester HS Marching Band. We wish them the best of luck in the future.
The Marple Newtown High School Tiger Marching Band would like to thank the Sunoco at West Chester Pike in Broomall and the community for supporting them in a very successful car wash on Sept 15. The Tiger Band has been busy rehearsing their 2012 field show called “The Grid”. Music by Frank Sullivan and Drill by Todd Marcocci. The Tiger Band is under the direction of Michael S. Massimo. The Tiger Band performs at all MNHS football games. The Tiger Band and Marple Newtown Band Parents Association are preparing for their 43rd annual “Bandarama” on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:00pm. Nine local area high school marching bands will compete this evening. Admissions prices are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students/Senior Citizens. Come out for fun evening and support these talented musicians!
Attached are photos from our recent car wash. Photo CSC was taken by Martin Weitzman. The other photos were taken by Annette Goffney.
Thank you for your consideration.
President, Marple Newtown Band Parents Association
Ridley show has 15 Marching Bands participating & Temple University Marching Band will be perfoming! What a great treat!
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