Northeastern marching band is so much more than just playing an instrument while marching to a beat. One thing that almost everyone knows about marching band is that they perform at the varsity football games. Taylor Forry, a freshmen alto sax player, said “Preforming our first show was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I was so nervous, but I knew that I had prepared enough and I was ready to perform. We stayed in time with the music, our lines were straight, we followed the drum major and we put on a really good show.”
Even though it may seem like the marching band is just performing at the games, that’s not all they do. They participate in many other events and for some of the freshmen that’s a big difference from middle school marching band. “Marching band is a lot more advanced than it was last year,” said Sarah Sowers, a freshmen flute player. “They take it a lot more serious. It’s a lot more involved. We have practice a lot more than we would last year. Last year I know we would practice a couple times going outside and stuff, but this year it’s more advanced like we’re practicing every week, every Thursday we have after school practices.”
On top of the extra practices the high school marching band also takes part in band shows and parades. The next band show they perform at is the Dover Band Show and it occurs on October 29. They are also playing in the Halloween and Homecoming Parades in Manchester and Mount Wolf on the 16 and 19 of October. More parades they are performing in include the Columbia Mardi Gras Parade on October 27 and the Memorial Day Parade, later in the school year, on May 29. If you would like to see the band play come out and support them at any of these events or at the football games.