And the beat goes on

October 09, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL


About 700 area students in four marching bands, guard units and drum lines were driven inside Saturday afternoon by inclement weather.

The Waynesboro Area Senior High School Band Showcase was held in the school's gymnasium rather than on the football field as planned because of the rainy weather.

The purpose of the event is "to have fun and perform good music for people," Waynesboro Area Senior High School band director Patrick McNamee said. The band played music from "Cirque du Soleil."


Performing in the showcase were Waynesboro Area Middle School, Waynesboro Area Senior High School Jazz Band, Central Dauphin High School, J. Frank Faust Junior High School, Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

The student musicians started preparing for the event in June with a minicamp, then band camp in August and regular rehearsals after the beginning of the school year.

The Central Dauphin High School band, wearing green uniforms and white-plumed hats, performed "Time Warp," with trombone and baritone solos.

The bleachers were packed with parents and friends of the performers. Good sportsmanship was evident as band members applauded the other schools' bands.

Fred and Jan Collier of Chambersburg, Pa., watched their son, Andrew, perform in the Faust band. The eighth-grader has been preparing since August, Fred Collier said, adding that he was a bit disappointed that the junior high bands played only one song.

"Central Dauphin was incredible," he added.

Their daughter, Melissa Mueller, 17, a senior at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, played the flute in the marching band. Being in the band is a big commitment, Fred Collier said.

"They practice every day before school, and they have to provide their own transportation," he said. "The big thing that keeps them in is that every three years, the band performs at a big event - the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl. Last year, it was the Fiesta Bowl."

The J. Frank Faust Junior High School band and color guard filled the gym floor as they performed tunes from "Star Wars." Two student directors climbed the bleachers to direct the band.

During a break after their performance, Faust trumpet player Andrew Collier, 14, said that he thought the band played well, although there "were some rough spots. And marching is a big part of it, and we didn't get to do that."

Hovy Carson, 15, also a trumpet player, agreed, saying that the group would have done some box formations if the event had been outside.

Cat Schropp, 14, a first-year member of the color guard, said she thought the performance went "really well. Actually, we weren't as nervous because we didn't have to march."

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