Marching Band Showcase gives students their chance to perform


Photo by Julia Ehlers

The Varsity Marching Band performed Saturday, October 10th at Seacrest field to a crowd of their closest friends and family.

The East High Marching Band was one of eight high schools to perform Saturday, October 10th at Seacrest field. The purpose of the event was to let the bands perform despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“…all the seniors had their last big performance, they played their heart out tonight,” junior Colin Manzitto said. He explained that the significance of the performance was amplified by the limiting time schedule due to the Covid restrictions in place.

Though the bands were not scored, there were clinicians who gave feedback on the band’s presentation. With an array of musicians on the field, they lowered their masks in order to give their final show. Even with only having a limited rehearsal time, the East Marching Band gave their all on the field.

“The freshmen did really well; they only had three rehearsals, but you couldn’t tell,” marching band freshman Spencer Valenta said.

Continually, parents and grandparents arrived to watch the bands perform throughout the day. Now that the season has started, the band will be able to perform at many different sporting events. Despite this being the only main band event of the year, the students continued playing with an air of vitality.

“Coming into the year, we looked at it as an opportunity. We didn’t even know if we were going to have a season to start with,” Colin Manzitto said.

With this positive outlook, the band gathered determination and resilience to continue to impress as they always have. Putting on a spectacle with less than adequate preparation time.