By Jacob Bailey (Band PR/Drum Captain)
The Ambridge Area high School Marching Band had a very busy week last week, doing multiple performances for the school and community.
Kicking the events off was the first Ambridge Pep Rally Night on Thursday, September 27. The band opened the event with part of their pregame show which featured the Ambridge Alma Mater, along with the National Anthem sung by Carlina Powell (AAHS Drum Major). The band then performed their “Internet Sensations” show, in which they played the selections “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “September,” “Take on Me,” and a funky drumline groove.
Next up was Homecoming Friday, in which the band performed during the in-school pep rally, Homecoming Parade, and Homecoming football game. The band got their Bridger Spirit on during the pep assembly by playing songs from their show, along with the stand cheer “Planet Rock” performed by the drumline. The band had a blast on Homecoming night, and is ready for next year’s festivities.
Saturday morning, the band was honored to participate in the Fall Festival of Churches Parade for the Ambridge Community. Afterwards, the steel band performed for the community at the gazebo.
Later that same day, the marching band performed at the 41st Annual Beaver county Invitational Marching Band Festival (BCI) along with many other bands from Beaver County. The band performed their halftime show, which the crowd loved. BCI, or “Geneva,” is a performance of which every musician of the band loves. It is the most energizing, along with usually being one of the best performances of the year. This year was no different, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.
Although the band had a very busy three days, they loved every second of it, from performing supporting the football team, to performing for the community, to representing Ambridge at BCI. The band cannot wait to do the same next year!