POTTSTOWN PA – Seventy-two talented Pottsgrove Middle School students, who demonstrated they could hold their own against musicians up to six years older than themselves, “stepped up” Friday night (Oct. 4, 2013) to join the ranks of the Pottsgrove High School Marching Band in ceremonies during the Falcons’ football game against Owen J. Roberts High School.
“Step-Up Night” is an annual event in which middle school students perform from the football stadium stands on School Lane with their high school peers in the marching band, high school Principal Dr. William Ziegler explained. Some of those honored Friday are already playing with the full band in this season’s competitions, middle school band Director Kathy Williams recently told the district Board of School Directors.
This year’s marching band theme is “The Gettysburg Address.”
“High school students see this as an opportunity to mentor and encourage the middle schoolers to stick with their instruments, and help them to see the great time that’s had in marching band,” Ziegler said of Step-Up.
High school band Director Victor Holladay identified the Step-Up musicians as:
Flutes, Eighth Grade: Alycia Desimone, Rozalynn Roberts, Tiffany Harris-White; Seventh Grade: Carmella Steyaert; and Sixth Grade: Grace Kegel, Abigail Dzordzorme, Grace Derstine, Natalie Eisenhower, Kaylee Eutsler.
Clarinets, Seventh Grade: Alexis Neiffer, Chance Antonio, Cameron Mowery, Samantha Marazas, Devon Toomer; and Sixth Grade: Elizabeth Reifsneider, Megan Grace, Kara Whalen, Dana Robinson, Gabrielle Cannon, Valerie Messing, Tegan Gallagher, Cameron Makoid, Aiyanna Smith.
Saxes, Seventh Grade: Andrew Rodriguez, Fox Coniglario, Magggie Slichter, Jeff Cannon, Josiah Thieme, Jayse Welty, Ian Eggert, John Robinson, Patrick Agnew; and Sixth Grade: Chris Perry, Jason Watts, Collen Foley.
Mellophone and French Horn, Seventh Grade: Brendan Martin-Hilker; and Sixth Grade: Danielle White.
Trumpets, Eighth Grade: Casey Ivins, Aimee Zimmerman; Seventh Grade: Dominic Flores, Frazier Thomas, Justin Adedinsewo; and Sixth Grade: Katie Buehler, Grace Cannon, Zachary Schueck, Nicholas Bush, Luke Coburn, Amir Mapp, Daisy Reinhart, Owen Markoski, Robert Strawley.
Low Brass, Seventh Grade: Garrett McGuinness, Ellie Stanek, Brett Windrim; and Sixth Grade:
Augustus Drake, Corianna Neiffer, Evan Croxton, Nolan Lewis, Rhianne Garner, Madalyn Mancini, Steven Lin.
Percussion, Seventh Grade: Michael Lance, Laree Hills, Madison Boettger; and Sixth Grade: Trent Huber, Cory Smith, Mikale Alexander, Alison Weghorst, Korbin Dorris.
Color Guard, Seventh Grade: Laura Ellis, Abby Jackson, Ciara Markoski.
Photo from Pottsgrove High School via Twitter