COAL TOWNSHIP — Fourteen high school bands will participate in the 52nd Black Diamond Cavalcade of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Kemp Memorial Stadium.
The cavalcade of bands is a Tournament of Bands-sanctioned event. Competing bands are Williams Valley, Mifflin County, West Perry, Jersey Shore, Halifax and Pen Argyl in Class A; and Berwick, Bloomsburg, Central Dauphin, Donegal, Shikellamy, Northern Lehigh and Williamsport in Open Class. Host band Shamokin Area High School competition band will be judged, but not in competition with the other bands. Shamokin Area will perform at about 9 p.m.
The Indians are looking to improve on their successful 2017 season. The band placed fifth at the prestigious Atlantic Coast Championship Nov. 4 at West Shore Stadium in Camp Hill. The band entered the competition in ninth place and moved up with a score of 89.49.
The 2018 edition of the band consists of 45 playing members and 15 in the guard. The band will perform “The Witching Hour,” by Randall Standridge. Band director Kevin Styer described the show as “intriguing” and “dark.”
The band worked on positioning and attentiveness during a practice Thursday evening in a parking lot at the high school. Measures of music were repeated in an effort to perfect the drill.
Styer commented, “We are working on completing the show. We are half way through part three.”
The cavalcade next Saturday will begin at 6 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. Tickets will be sold at the gate.