Group of alumni save Aliquippa High School Marching Band just in time for reunion – CBS Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The pandemic has silenced many things for over a year and a half, including live music.

In Aliquippa, the high school marching band is one of many programs in the area that have taken a hit. The group just couldn’t bounce back until they found some more help.

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A special group makes sure the group stays together.

(Photo credit: Kevin Newton)

“I couldn’t imagine a Friday night football game without this group, without that signature da, da, da being played when the children’s names were announced,” District Superintendent Dr Phillip Woods told KDKA. school of Aliquippa. New.

The legacy of a great fanfare in Aliquippa is synonymous with the district’s rich footballing tradition.

“Being in the pit on a Friday night, the atmosphere is just amazing. I’ve never seen it anywhere else, ”said Kevin Newton, organizer of the alumni group.

Newton got involved in the marching band as a child, initially holding the banner until he was of playing age.

“I can’t let a program I grew up with completely die. So I needed to do something to help him, ”Newton said.

When Newton learned that his old high school band only had five members, nowhere near enough to field an entire marching band, he had an idea.

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“I almost thought about going to another school and playing until I heard about the alumni group,” group member Michael Kron told KDKA.

That’s right, a group of alumni.

“It’s wonderful to see the community come together,” said Dr. Woods.

The group now numbers over thirty members, with alumni and professional musicians from Robert Morris University and the Beaver County Wind Symphonic Ensemble all performing alongside the students.

“They bring in like old mood energy because you know how old most of them are. But most of them, they still have it for their actual age, ”said Kron, a senior.

Without a real group of students, there were no boosters or group parents to help. But the district said the community has come together to help fill the void.

“I really appreciate them coming to help us for our senior year, and they’re a lot of fun,” Kron said.

There are now plans to rebuild the band’s program. The Aliquippa School Board recently approved and posted a full-time music teacher position. The council is looking for someone to help the music play for years to come.

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Aliquippa faces Montour on Friday for his return match. The superintendent said everyone was counting it as a win, regardless of the final score.


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