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The Northern High School Marching Band competed in the 62nd Annual Cavalcade of Bands Marching Band Championships at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, PA on November 13th. They took 3rd place in the Liberty A category and received the overall High Music Award! They had a wonderful performance despite the erratic weather patterns of the day. This was the final competition performance of their 2021 show titled, The Inevitable. The band competed in 4 earlier competitions this year at the following locations: Eastern York High School, Wilson High School, Cumberland Valley High School and New Oxford High School.

 The band was led by senior Mary Wells, Drum Major. There were 11 other seniors this year: Lauren Sober (clarinet), Grace Rudy (tenor saxophone), Matt Jacobs (mellophone), Ava Williamson (baritone, drum minor), Noah Kennedy (trumpet), Forrest Dohner (front ensemble), Rebecca Tirko (front ensemble), Kimberly Keiffer ( color guard), Alexis Wark (color guard), Sierra Storm (color guard), and Abbey Hertz (color guard). In total, 72 Northern students were part of the 2021 Northern Marching Band directed by Andrew Sheffer and assistant band director, Chad McCartney.

 The theme of this year’s show was “the inevitability of time”. The introduction went as follows : “Time is a mysterious thing. It has a beginning, but does it have an ending?” The band played selections from Funeral March, Reverberations, As Time Goes By, and ended their show with Pat Metheny’s First Circle. The closer, First Circle, is a particularly difficult musical score with a challenging time signature which helped earn them the overall high music score in the championship competition.

The Marching Band performed for the last time at the Northern High School Band Concert on Thursday, November 18th in the Northern High School Auditorium. The students and instructors put in many hours this season and their hard work was rewarded. Congratulations to our Northern Marching Band on a great season!

Pictured above: Senior representatives wait for the award announcement at the Cavalcade of Bands Championships. Left to right: Kimberly Keiffer, Alexis Wark, Abbey Hertz, Matt Jacobs, Mary Wells (Drum Major), Grace Rudy, Ava Williamson, Lauren Sober, and Rebecca Tirko.