Marching Band Comes to a Close

By Marley Stauffer

Two lines of small blue and white figures marched onto the field every Friday night to the familiar words: “Ladies and gentlemen, students, please welcome to the field the 2022 to 2023 edition of the Elizabethtown Area High School Marching Band!” The members of the E-town Marching Band put lots of time and effort into their performances, with members practicing every other day in school and attending multiple after-school practices. This year’s seniors include Kathryn Barraclough, Parker Bryant, Joshua Coble, Emma Creason, Carissa Dyer, Ethan Friedrichs, Alexander Heinz, Carissa Herschel, Carissa Horst, Genevieve McDonald, Isak Motter, Rene Oltmans, Branden Rain, Gracin Smith, Victoria Straley, Lily Troutman, and Markham Walter. Drum Major Emma Creason says her favorite thing about marching band is “probably the community.” Every year in the spring, band members are given an assignment to design a show. This year’s show was designed by junior Andreanna Georges and is titled “Dance Like Nobody's Watching.” The show contains the popular songs “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, “Dancing Queen '' by ABBA, and “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon. I love “[t]he fact that we are united and playing something together and it sounds really good. And the environment and the atmosphere and the socialness,” said Erin Horst (grade 10). The Marching Band has a week of Band Camp over the summer where members are taught how to march, practice the music, learn the drill for the show, and build relationships. The band also practiced every Thursday evening during the season. Scott Creason (grade 10) enjoys “[t]he fun memories that I get to make with all of my band buds.”

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