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Marching Band Soars at Halftime

Emma Henry, '20, Staff Writer

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Crowds cheered as the Strath Ha- ven Marching Band quickly cadenced into Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, November 26.

With Pat- rick Murray tak- ing over as band director after the devastating loss of music director Jack Hontz in June, and the Haven varsity football team mak- ing playoffs this year, the 2017 band season has been extremely eventful. This meant a lot of extra practices, not just for the playoff game performances and the Strath Ha- ven Marching Band showcase, but for the Eagles’ halftime show. This year was the third time in four years that the Panther Marching Band has been asked to perform at the Eagles’ halftime. However, for many people, it was their first time performing for this large of a crowd – almost 70,000 people filled the stands at the Lincoln Fi- nancial Field.

Lining up in the stadium tunnel, the Haven Marching Band witnessed an exciting five seconds before their halftime show commenced, with Eagle’s wide receiver Alshon Jeffery scoring a touchdown. As the crowd went wild, Strath Haven Marching Band ran into position, beginning their halftime show with the 2009 hit, Uprising by Muse. Led by senior drum majors Emily Lesher, Zach Smith, and Liam Lang, the band finished the show with the 2003 song Talk To Me Dance With Me by Hot Hot Heat, featuring Haven’s band front. But, even with all of the practices, nothing could have prepared the band members for seeing themselves on the jumbotron – an ex- perience with sparked a lot of laughs and red faces

The Eagle’s halftime show cer- tainly went smoothly, while the 430 member marching band took in the crowd’s applause. Finally, with a quick right hace, the Strath Haven Marching Band cadenced off of the field, bringing a suc- cessful end to their marching season.

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Marching Band Soars at Halftime