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Marching Band Soars at Halftime

Emma Henry, '20, Staff Writer

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Crowds cheered as the Strath Haven Marching Band quickly cadenced into Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, November 26. With Patrick Murray taking over as band director after the  devastating loss of music director Jack Hontz in June, and the Haven varsity football team making 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 Haven 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 Financial  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 experience with sparked a lot of laughs and red
faces. The Eagle’s halftime show certainly 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 successful end to their marching season.

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Marching Band Soars at Halftime