It's time for a mid-season update about the recent success of the Quakertown High School Panther Marching Band!On Sept. 15, the QHS Marching Panthers traveled to North Penn High School for their first competition of the 2007 season. The North Penn show was a step out of the norm as it was a show in the United States Scholastic Bands Association (USSBA) circuit. It gave Quakertown the opportunity to compete against some of the top bands in another circuit, as well as to showcase our talent to some local schools.
The Panthers' show this year is titled "Water." It consists of three movements: Water, Steam and Ice. The opener, Water, is fast paced and full of exciting movement by the Band. The second piece, Steam, changes tempo to create a beautiful ballad. At the time of the show at North Penn, the Panthers had not completed the third portion, Ice. They scored well against other bands whose shows were totally complete, coming in just six-hundredths of a point behind the winner.
With two more weeks of practice and the addition of a portion of the closer perfected, they traveled to Wilson High School in Reading on Saturday Sept. 29. The Wilson show was a step back to normal for Quakertown as it was a Tournament Of Bands (TOB) sanctioned event. TOB judges some things differently than USSBA. At TOB events, judges walk on the field and mingle within the band during the performance, judging things like spacing, individual visual and individual music. Actual marching steps are closely watched. One other area that is judged is time; TOB has strict guidelines that must be followed as to minimum and maximum show times, from the time the band crosses the goal line to enter the field until they cross the opposite goal line to exit the field. This includes set up of all props and Pit instruments as needed.
Quakertown scored exceptionally well. With their show not fully complete, they had to take a penalty point as they came up short of the minimum time.
Quakertown finished second by just two-hundredths of a point and left with awards for Best Music, Best Percussion, Best Drum Majors, and Best Visual Effect.
Adding beauty and grace to the show is the hard working Color Guard, who is a very important part of the show. They work countless hours starting in Photos by Jen Banas The Quakertown High School Marching Band rocked the field during "Band Night" last Friday evening. Below: Senior Percussionist, Eugene Weiss.
The spring and continue throughout the year. The crowd and the judges noticed as Quakertown's Color Guard was also given an award for Best Auxiliary.
On October 5, Quakertown completed another successful Fall Band Night. The Middle school bands from both Milford and Strayer performed with the high school band. It was definitely a sight to see as there were over 500 of Quakertown's best musicians on the field at the same time. Mr. Kenny, the instrumental music director at Strayer Middle School, started this tradition. It has continued now for over 30 years, and is unmatched at any other school in the area. Congratulations to the entire music department!
Future performances of the marching band include a double competition on October 13. They will be at Northern York in early afternoon, and at Carlisle in the evening. These are two of Quakertown's biggest competitors. As of this point in the season QHS is ranked among the top bands and a good showing will go far in their placement in TOB.
On October 27, Quakertown will host their own show in Allentown at J. Birney Crum Stadium. There will be 17 outstanding marching bands performing, with the first one beginning at 5:30 p.m. The show will close with an exhibition by Quakertown. If you are tired of the same old Saturday night routine and are looking for some colorful and exciting marching band performances, come out and support Quakertown's Music & Motion Show. All are invited to attend; there will be plenty of tickets available at the gate.
Schedules times and directions can be obtained by visiting www.qmpo.org.