Marching Band Success on Top of the ‘Earth’ and out of this World

Penn Manor Marching Unit has the whole world in their hands.

While most of us were enjoying the last few days of air conditioning and days without school this August, the Comet’s band and color guard began preparing their 2010 field show in 90-degree heat.

The logo for this year's marching band show.

And this year’s show is out of this world.

“Our theme [this year] is Earth. We have three movements [that display] land, water and air,” said trumpet section leader Kelly Herr.

After weeks of learning and practicing the show during the summer, the hard work quickly paid off at competitions.

“We’ve been doing pretty good this year. We have three 1st places and two 2nd places, “ said Herr.

The band currently sits in a respectable second place in their division with a score of 88.75.

The band will end their season with a performance at Cavalcade Championships at Hershey Stadium on November 13, but not without a few more days of preparing.

Click here to see the marching unit’s highest scoring performance at Manheim Central

The band performs their show at a Friday night football game.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the band spends hours preparing for their next performance, but the large commitment results in a huge payoff.

“I like band because the people in it are like my family and they are always there for me no matter what,” said color guard member Ashley Miller.

“This year, I feel like we’re a lot closer than we were before,” said Herr.

In the end, the closeness of the members may just be what keeps the success of the band marching onward.

By Mike Nitroy

2 thoughts on “Marching Band Success on Top of the ‘Earth’ and out of this World”

  1. Congratulations to PMMU for a great season! I really enjoyed your show this year and look forward to the results of your competition on Saturday.

  2. hi my name is zachary gambler i am a journalist from hempfield. I liked your article, i think you did a good job including quotes from many different people of the band. I was up at hershey on the 13th (not for the bands) but it looked very exciting and fun, i hope your band did good… but i have to route for the black knights of course. Anyway great article!

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