Standing on Teamer Field in front of 2,000 of their peers, the marching band stared down the rope at the football team. In a clash of the athletics versus the arts, the marching band emerged triumphant in a homecoming pep rally tug-of-war.
This year, though, the band’s newfound morale extends beyond a simple tug-of-war victory.
The marching band is in high spirits this year because of its new field show, “The Beatles: A Magical Mystery Tour,” custom written to fit the variety of instruments and sound of the ’Stoga marching band.
“I honestly think this was our best show yet,” senior Susie Eichling said.
For the first time, band directors Anthony DiLella, William Seaton and Stephen Eberly decided to enter Band-A-Rama.
Band-A-Rama is a showcase for competition and non-competition high school marching bands held at Marple Newtown High School.
The ’Stoga marching band also performed its field show when their 28-song Beatles tribute was asked to be performed in Hershey.
On Nov. 14, the marching band performed as an exhibition team at Hershey Stadium.
“This was my favorite show because it pinnacled my marching band experience since I led the band,” senior drum major Kurt Van Mol said.
Playing alongside the band were various college bands and the renowned Drum Core International.
“We are very honored to have been asked to perform at this year’s event,” band director Anthony DiLella said. “The marching band has always been a source of pride throughout the school district and community.”
The band has only one show left, the ABC/IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade. They will perform on Nov. 26 at 8:30 a.m.