Saegertown students head to region band

By Morgan Radwick, design editor

Matt Nale (left) and Sam Shelenberger (right)

After a phenomenal performance at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Band in January, junior Sam Shelenberger (trombone) and sophomore Matt Nale (tuba) are moving on to region band at North East High School March 7-9.

Nale and Shelenberger will audition tomorrow night to see if they qualify for the PMEA All-State Band which will be held in Pittsburgh April 3-6.

“I think we’ll have a great time,” Shelenberger said. “Whenever we go to these festivals, I think we represent Saegertown well. We overall maintain a respectful performance.” He is particularly excited to play the fast-paced piece ‘Rolling Thunder’ which he calls “sporadic and difficult to play.”

The two-day festival will include practice for the concert that will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Guest conductor will be Dr. Andrew Yozviak, Director of Bands at West Chester University.

Saegertown music teacher Mrs. Susan James is especially proud of Nale and Shelenberger for moving onto regions: “It takes a lot of work to get to regions, and they both worked hard.”

Saegertown band marches towards success

by Morgan Radwick and Amanda Crowl, design editor and staff writer


The Saegertown Marching Band will perform at the North East Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Saegertown Marching Band is working on being the best it can be. The band chose the theme “More or Less” this year due to the small number of students in the program.  With only 21 members, they are striving to do more with less.

Despite a number of challenges, the band is working hard to gain an edge over the competition. Director Jason Papinchak wrote the music his students are performing, and color guard director Robin Oakes completed the performance with choreography. So far this season the band has participated in one competition through LMBA (Lakeshore Marching Band Association), placing third at McDowell High School on Sept. 15. In addition, they appeared in exhibition at General McLane on Sept. 8.

The twelve instrumentalists and seven color guard members have been working through the summer, including practices and a week of camp at Edinboro University in hopes of improving. Freshman Nicole Oakes believes that camp was beneficial to her and her peers. “I feel like we’re going to do better,” Oakes said. “At band camp, we got a lot done.”

The band is ready to take on their competition, and take first place. “It seems like a close race between us, Erie, and Corry,” said junior and drum major Sam Shelenberger. “But I think if we fix all the changes that need to be made and get everything ironed out, we will hopefully take home first.”

This Saturday, the band will perform at the North East festival at 6:30 p.m.

Saegertown musician represents at Region Band

By Hannah Myers, photo editor


Senior Francis Jageacks performed at the PMEA Region Band festival.

Senior Francis Jageacks represented Saegertown at the PMEA Region Band festival at West Shamokin High School on Feb. 22-24. “It was an incredible experience,” Jageacks said. “The band was huge.”

Jageacks and music teacher Mrs. Susan James traveled two hours to get to West Shamokin. Auditions began as soon as she arrived. “It was rough. There were people coming out of the audition room crying, but I just kept my cool and played though the section of music they asked for,” Jageacks said. After auditions, they were seated based on how the audition went. For example, first place would be first chair. “I was very pleased to be able to keep my fifth place title I receive from district band,” Jageacks said. Following the seating, musicians played through all of their songs with guest conductor Dr. Jason Worzbyt from IUP.

The next day, the musicians woke up at 6 a.m. to prepare for their day. After breakfast the headed to the school to practice their music all day. The concert was at noon the following day. “Playing with such a large ensemble was such a incredible sound,” Jageacks said. “I enjoyed meeting other people and even got a few new snapchat friends.”

Mrs. James said, “I am so proud of [Francis]. She is such a hard worker, and this experience was wonderful for her.”


PENNC.O.P.E. captures the competition

By Kaity Gage, special media projects editor

PENNCREST Combined Outdoor Performing Ensemble (PENNC.O.P.E)  made history on Sept. 17 at the Lakeshore Marching Band Association’s McDowell Competition, where they received the highest rating of platinum.

PENNC.O.P.E is the compilation of Saegertown and Maplewood musicians, who have dedicated numerous hours to this year’s show entitled  “Fortress.” To qualify for a platinum rating, an ensemble must receive a near perfect score, and PENNC.O.P.E. They were the only ones to receive this honor of A, AA, AAA, and Open Class divisions. They are judged in three categories: musical, visual, and general effects.  Bands from Erie and Crawford counties competed in the competition for a rating of bronze, silver, gold, or platinum.

One of the biggest surprises of the night was when the Cochranton High School Marching Band received a rating of gold. For over a decade, they have been undefeated in multiple classes. Cochranton is known for their unique music, drill, general effect, and flag work.

Senior Drum Major Jesse Stewart was pleased with the group’s performance. “I knew we were going to get it. It was a great performance and each and every member of the band put in 110 percent. That’s what separates us from the other bands,” said Stewart.

Their next competition will be on Oct. 1, at War Memorial Field in Warren, Pa.

District band a success

By Kaity Gage and Ben Courson, marketing director and broadcast team

Jesse Stewart (tuba), Jade Allen (piccolo), Logan Krasa (tenor saxophone), and Jared Shaffer (percussion) recently represented Saegertown at the PMEA District Band festival at Cameron County High School. On the first night of the festival, the musicians


Jesses Stewart, Jared Shaffer, Jade Allen, and Logan Krasa participated in the PMEA District Band festival at Cameron County High School.

auditioned for the chance to move on to Region Band, with Stewart, Krasa, and Shaffer advancing.

Jesse Stewart considers the auditions to be the most nerve-wracking part of District Band. “It’s the point where you want to impress your director by doing really well,” Stewart said.

Junior Jade Allen’s favorite part of districts was how close she got to be to the director. Since Jade was playing piccolo she was in the front row, very close to the conductor where she could have little conversations with him. “We made little inside jokes and would talk a little if we weren’t playing,” Allen said.

One part of District Band that is interesting is that Logan Krasa roomed with three other kids from Seneca High School. “It was fun in the hotel rooms,” Krasa said.

For senior Jared Shaffer, this was his last year to attend the festival, but he was happy with his performance. “I didn’t expect to get first place because I got third last year. I wasn’t even nervous. I was shaking last year, but this year I wasn’t.” He added, “My number one goal right now is moving on to states. I think I could move on to states. I am taking lessons from Mr. Corsey, and I am a lot better than I was.”

Region II Band will be held at Marion Center Area High School on March 10-13.