POTTSTOWN PA – Kids will be kids, no matter what their age, High School Marching Band Director Victor Holladay reminded the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors last Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2013). Take them to the Pacific Ocean, tell them ‘don’t get your feet wet,’ “and what’s the first thing they do? Get their feet wet, of course,” Holladay joked.
But in all other respects the 37 student musicians who were escorted by Holladay and five other adults during late December to the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl football game in San Diego CA, where the band performed at half-time, “were phenomenal. Their behavior was exemplary. They were mannerly and polite. They were the best possible representatives of our district,” he said.
Holladay appeared before board members not only to report on details of the trip, but to also thank them for continued support. The award-winning band’s adventure was what its director called “a once in a lifetime opportunity that our students are still talking about.”
And dressing up for.
As has become the board’s custom with championship teams and organizations, it bought every member of the band a Pottsgrove letter jacket following their first-place performance during November (2012) at the state competition in Hershey PA. The jackets were distributed at the band’s Feb. 1 celebratory banquet. Some recipients are so proud of the accomplishment “they wear those jackets every single day,” Holladay noted.
The California trip was as much fun as it was work, he added. Band members “got to see all the high points” that usually interest tourists, and also spent several hours making a sample film soundtrack recording at a music clinic in studios owned by the Disney Company.
On the board’s behalf, President Scott Fulmer also thanked Holladay, other school staff members, parents and volunteers for all their efforts in fostering the band’s success. They have helped students learn and mature, he said, “and that’s why these extracurricular programs are so important.”
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Feb. 26 meeting):
- ‘Phenomenal. Exemplary. Polite.’ They Played Well, Too
- Pottsgrove, Police Broaden Emergency Planning Efforts
- District Hires New Marketing Experts For Image-Building
- Davies Resigns From ‘Grove To Move Up In Exeter District
- Ooops! Pottsgrove Learns Spreading Its News Isn’t Easy
Photo from the marching band’s Bridgepoint Facebook page