Welcome to the show: Students spend weeks building friendships, learning techniques | News

Field tech Aaron Ferster walked among the rows of Line Mountain high school marching band members as they paused during the practice of their Rock Heroes program to listen to their director, Dana Brown, give them feedback. 

Ferster stopped often, gently adjusting how students held their instruments while in standing position. This focus on the details is what band camp is all about — learning how to play instruments and move in sync with bandmates, Brown said.

“We work on basics so marching technique, which foot goes first, how we should carry ourselves, our posture, putting instruments to it like what we just did,” she said.

Local high school marching bands across the Susquehanna Valley have been practicing new routines for this year’s field shows — choreographed and synchronized musical numbers performed during football games or at band competitions.

Lewisburg’s upcoming field shows are “The songs of Earth, Wind, & Fire” and “Hits from the movie, ‘Sing!’” 

“We place a strong emphasis on marching fundamentals, how to use our bodies to march, and learning commands,” said Daniel Schwanger, Lewisburg Area High School marching band director said at last week’s camp. He said the color guard, performers who do choreographed numbers with flags during a band performance, also practice during the week-long camp. 

Not an ‘instant jukebox’


Marillen Castle, 16, of Sunbury, catches her flag during Shikellamy band camp on Tuesday.

Shikellamy band director Scott Carey said, “Some people think band is just an instant jukebox. It takes time and every year there are new kids who haven’t done it before.”

Danville’s team-building included being introduced to new band director Tom Hiravi, a Johnstown native who was hired July 20, just 11 days…

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