Marching band season has begun!

By on September 6, 2017

MC marching band premiers ‘Pompeii’

The Manheim Central Marching Barons kicked off their 2017 season on Friday night at an away game versus Warwick.

Directing the band this year is John J. Brackbill. The assistant director is Stephanie Smith. Smith also serves as sideline percussion instructor.

Key band personnel include: Kayla Noll, visual caption head and low brass and field instructor; Christa Schimitsch, woodwind and field instructor; Evyn Kahl, field instructor; James Zuercher, battery percussion instructor; Dan Wells, battery percussion instructor; Chelsea Smith, sideline percussion instructor; Jessica Kling, color guard instructor; and Alaina Herbst, color guard instructor.

The band has 104 musicians and three drum majors. There are 14 students in the color guard.

This season, the band will be performing the package “Pompeii.” The show tells the story of the doomed Roman city in four movements using music from “The Pines of Rome,” by Respighi; “Danse Bacchanale,” by Saint-Saens; “Vesuvius,” by Ticheli; “When I am Laid in Earth (Dido’s Lament),” by Purcell; and “Barbarian Horde (from ‘Gladiator’),” by Zimmer.

This year’s Baron Invitational cavalcade of bands will be held Oct. 28, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., at Elden Rettew Stadium.


Been there, done that: ‘Deja Vu’ is theme of WHS marching band’s 2017 performance package

After three weeks of summer band camp, and a performance last Friday at the Warwick vs. Manheim Central football game, this week the Warwick Marching Band is preparing for its second performance. The band will provide the half time entertainment this Friday at the Warwick vs. Garden Spot home football game on Grosh Stadium field.

The Warwick Marching Band is made up of 56 members, led by Drum Major Abby Beatty, a senior. Abby has been a part of the marching unit since her seventh grade year.

This year’s program is entitled “Deja Vu,” and is comprised of original music composed and arranged by Ian Gromm and John Maples. The show features solo performances by Madison Grisbacher, Madison Felpel, and Nick Taylor.

This year’s marching band features 14 senior students, 14 first-year members and new digital equipment, in addition to traditional marching instruments, for a unique sound.

“The Warwick Marching Band started the year with a great performance,” Director of Bands Matt Tenaglia says. “ We are very excited to see how this group grows and improves throughout the next 10 weeks.”

Band Camp began the second week in August on Ambucs Field with practices from 2 to 9 p.m., and wrapped up last week with evening rehearsals. Students learned the marching drills, memorized more than seven minutes of music, while also learning the school’s alma mater, a selection of pep tunes, and the national anthem, to be played at football games.

The band’s first competitive appearance will be at Hempfield High School on Sept. 16. The band plans performances at all home and away football games this year, as well as in six other competitions and Cavalcade of Bands Championships in November. The ensemble will also perform in several parades and other public venues and at its “home” competition at Warwick High School on September 30, to which the public is invited.

The Cavalcade of Bands is one of the major circuits in the mid-Atlantic area, and has more than 145 member schools. Warwick competes in the American division.

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