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Panther Marching Band: Music makes a comeback

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

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The Saegertown High School Marching Band performs during a recent football halftime show.

Although the Saegertown High School Marching band was dissolved in 2016, it has reemerged this season with a new band director and almost all new members.

“I saw it as a real opportunity to lay a foundation to rebuild the marching band, I also have a real passion for it,” said Jason Papinchak, the Saegertown band director.

This year’s show is titled “Wings” and consists of four themes; Ascension, dissension,  hope,  and rebirth, each of which is represented by a song: “KA Flight,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Journey of Man,” and “Firebird Finale.”

“I chose this show because it’s about rebirth, and this is the rebirth of the band. It also personally represents my faith,” Papinchak said.

The band is competing in class A this year in the Lakeshore Marching Band Association (LMBA). So far they have been to General McLane, McDowell, Bradford, Girard, and Harbor Creek. There are 20 members in the band including 12 winds, 4 percussion, 4 color guard, and several managers. 7 of the 12 members are first year marchers, and all of the percussion are brand new.

“I feel like the band has done well so far,” said drum major Sam Shelenberger. “I’m confident we’ll break 80 points like we planned.”

The band will perform in the LMBA Championships at Veterans Stadium on October 28, performing at 4:30 p.m.



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Journalism Adviser, Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School

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