In the last couple of years, marching band has taken a back seat to other school activities. After a large group of seniors graduated in 2020, the band diminished in size substantially. The pandemic also side-lined the band, due to not being permitted to play at any football games. However this band season it has grown to 59 band and auxiliary members, much of an improvement from the previous seasons 44 members. The band had its first official performance on their home field on September 3rd at the Uniontown vs. Brownsville game, showing off this years show “Lets Grove Tonight”. Songs in this show are: September by Earth Wind and Fire, Break My Heart by Due Lipa, Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry, and Dancing Queen by ABBA.
Uniontown band director, Wyatt Wilson, and the section leaders have spent the summer teaching the newer members how to march, and improving playing skills for their instruments. The auxiliary captains have also been teaching this years routines to the raiderettes, twirlers, and silks. Band camp involved showing the new members the ropes and while much progress has been made, there is always room to grow throughout the season.
Along with learning field show, the band also had to prepare for the seasons first parade at Kennywood. For some new members this is their first time marching or actually learning to play an instrument due to the school districts poor music program for the elementary and middle schools. As of now Benjamin Franklin and Lafayette have no band. The only middle school in the district with a marching supplying new members for the high school is in AJ McMullen. While this school is helping increase numbers of the band now, no true progress can be made unless the school district is willing to give the students of the other middle schools access to a music program. If we want to keep the upward growth of the high school band going, the district needs to improve the curriculum.