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Like Denice and Leigh, Dawn marvels at the hundreds of hours of practice the students must give to participate in the marching band and color guard. All three credit Band Director Joseph Ziegler for his dedicated leadership. “He’s been there for eight years. He’s now the band teacher at both elementary schools as well as the middle school and the high school. And he’s brought together a staff to work specifically with the marching band: Amanda Crane is Assistant Band Director.” Dawn adds that the robust performance is conducted by Drum Majors Kayla Schwartz and Andrew Gamble.
“I just can’t tell you what a wonderfully diverse and talented group of kids we have,” she says, “And now this Cavalcade will give the public a chance to see their performance and enjoy.”
“It’s a great program called Beyond the Forest’s Edge, and it’s the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf,” Leigh Michel says. “The show is so entertaining and it is changing week by week, but one of the most impressive aspects is that Crestwood’s band contains grades 7 through 12 –that is a big age range. Mr. Ziegler is very encouraging and very fair.”
Leigh’s son William is a junior this year, “He started out playing flute in 7th and 8th grade and Mr. Ziegler encouraged him to try a new instrument, so he took up the tenor saxophone and he’s discovered he loves it.”
Crestwood’s fabled band shows it’s stuff at every home game; the five tournaments, and in May these talented kids are taking their show on the road at a ‘invitation only’ gig -marching in the U. S. Memorial Day Parade straight up Constitution Avenue! Thanks to an invitation from Congressman Lou Barletta, the Comets will represent the Pennsylvania in this great event.
But the kids, their parents and the dedicated band staff are taking it a day at a time. Right now they are concentrating on the Cavalcade of Bands on Saturday.
Treat yourself to some first rate entertainment, food and fun while helping our Crestwood Marching Band and Color Guard to pay for their Washington visit. You’ll be glad you did!