POTTSTOWN PA – The current academic year at Pottsgrove High School hasn’t ended yet, and the new one won’t begin for several months, but members and leaders of its award-winning marching band are already preparing for what Director Victor Holladay anticipates will be a very busy 2014-2015 season.
The band at practice Thursday
More than 70 existing and future (members of the freshman class moving in from Pottsgrove Middle School) high school students have expressed interest in participating in the band next year. Many of them were out on the south parking lot of the Kauffman Road building on Thursday night (May 15, 2014), learning the basics of timing and movement that will soon become second nature to them.
Holladay said he was “excited” by the band’s continued growth, fueled in large part by similar Pottsgrove band and orchestra units in middle school and three elementary buildings. He praised district music instructors for sparking interest in the program, and specifically noted how middle school band Director Kathy Williams had developed her students’ abilities.
The ability to draw from an enthusiastic and talented pool of musicians and marchers has, over more than a decade, propelled the size of Pottsgrove’s marching band from about 20 students to almost four times that number, Holladay said as he watched the practice session progress during the cool and slightly windy evening.
Better still, he added, many of the coaches, directors and leaders that helped drive the band’s successes in recent years are returning for 2014-2015.
Another band rehearsal is scheduled for May 27 (Tuesday) from 7-8:30 p.m. at the high school, and the band’s Commitment Night – at which both parents and students pledge they’ll do what it takes to help themselves and other players succeed – is set for June 5 (Thursday).