COAL TOWNSHIP — Musicians and color guard members from 14 high school bands showcased their talents during the 52nd annual Black Diamond Cavalcade of Bands Saturday evening at Kemp Memorial Stadium.

The event, hosted by the Shamokin Area High School Competition Band and the Shamokin Area Band and Orchestra Booster Association, was capped off by the Shamokin Area High School competition band performing “The Witching Hour,” a dark production with musicians and color guard members maneuvering around creepy sets. Spells and incantations showed sinister forces practicing their craft.

“The Pride of the Coal Region” was scored, but not judged against other bands. Results of the competition were not available at press time.

Competing high schools were Donegal, Northern Lehigh, Bloomsburg, Williamsport, Shikellamy, Central Dauphin and Berwick in Open Class; and Pen Argyl, West Perry, Mifflin County, Jersey Shore, Williams Valley and Halifax in Class A.

Stadium announcer Sharon Styer, wife of Shamokin band director Kevin Styer, told the crowd prior to the first performance, “We are honored to be able to bring together so many outstanding young men and women” in the marching and moving spectacular.

“We believe that the band competitions and performances are great for all involved. The members learn how to work together as a team and respect each other. The results are positive and the memories they make will last forever.”

The cavalcade of bands is a Tournament of Bands (TOB)-sanctioned event. TOB includes schools from a nine-state area and features 70-plus weekend shows in September and October that lead up to 11 region championships on Oct. 20 and 21. The competition concludes with the 46th annual Atlantic Coast Championship series on Oct. 27 and 28 and Nov. 3 and 4.

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