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School bands get in a major jam

Area marching units perform for each other just for fun

Area marching units perform for each other just for fun

September 30, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The sound of drums resonated in the distance Saturday as nine marching bands performed before a packed stadium at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School Band Showcase.

The purpose of the event is "to have fun and to have a place for bands to play for a band-only audience," said Patrick McNamee, Waynesboro Area Senior High School's band director.

McNamee added that the showcase was not a competition, but rewarded each band with a percentage of the proceeds, which was $350 to each band last year.

More than 600 students performed in the showcase, which featured local marching bands from Waynesboro Area Middle School, J. Frank Faust Junior High School, Indian Valley High School, Gettysburg Area High School, Central Dauphin High School, Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Littlestown High School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School. The Indiana University of Pennsylvania marching band also performed.

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"It's neat to see all the different bands and their shows," said Amy Hansen, a senior clarinet player in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School Marching Band. "(The bands) have done a really good job - they've had some different styles and music."

The Waynesboro Area Senior High School Marching Band's show "Flashback" includes Emerson, Lake and Palmer's "Karn Evil 9," Blondie's "The Tide is High," "Beth" by Kiss and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by the Fifth Dimension.

Hansen said the marching band, which she describes as a very tight-knit group, is doing well this year.

Waynesboro's band began practicing for the season in June with a minicamp, then full band camp in August and regular practices two nights a week during the fall.

"They're a great group of kids," McNamee said. "They worked through all that heat and didn't complain. They do everything we asked them to."

Eighth-grader Mindy Hooven played the trombone in the J. Frank Faust Junior High School Marching Band.

"I think we did pretty well," she said.

Although Hooven admits that marching band "takes a lot of practice learning steps, movements and memorizing music," she plans to continue her involvement in it.

The Gettysburg Area Senior High School Warriors Marching band performed "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "I Go To Rio" and "Trooper Salute."

"I thought we did pretty good," said Natasha Ingram, a junior who plays alto saxophone in the Gettysburg band. "It's probably the best we've done since the football season started."

Kathleen Shields and Dorothy Gibson attended the band showcase to see their children perform.

Shields' daughter, Diana, plays clarinet in the Waynesboro Area Middle School Band, which performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the showcase.

"The kids have obviously worked very hard," Shields said.

Gibson's son, Kyle Waldron, plays drums in the Waynesboro Area Middle School Band, and her daughter, Ashley Waldron, is the section leader of the Waynesboro Area Senior High School Pit.

"If it wasn't for this program, (Ashley) wouldn't be interested in music," Gibson said. "It's really changed her life."

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