That Thump? Those Sounds? Grove’s Band Camp is On
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – If you lived nearby or were within listening distance of Pottsgrove High School on Tuesday night (Aug. 10, 2021), you heard the unmistakable sounds of musicians honing their skills and marching steps. That’s because Band Camp (at top, above, and below) is under way once again on the school’s spacious south-side parking lot.
High school band Director Ellie Zerefos, having successfully dealt last year with restrictions imposed on both students and teachers during the opening months of the coronavirus pandemic, said she is excited to see Falcon Marching Band members quickly grasping lessons that will keep them competitive during the 2021-2022 season.
Zerefos, Pottsgrove’s first female band director, has a background in both jazz and classical saxophone, a West Chester University degree in music education and a minor in civic leadership, and international performance experience. The band itself, although it’s gone through many iterations over the years, had regularly proved its championship-level quality.
Out on the lot Tuesday, as cars passed while headed for a school board meeting, her musicians listened intently for cues from their group directors. Zerefos herself occasionally made suggestions, including tips on good practices in handling their instruments. A digital metronome kept a constant tempo in the background.
The band is gearing up for a grand debut, its Reveal Show, on Aug. 21 (Saturday) at 3 p.m. in Pennypacker Stadium, behind the high school on School Lane. The event is open to the public.
And in only days, on Sunday (Aug. 15) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, band members will show off another traditional Pottsgrove talent. They’ll demonstrate how good they are at washing cars – and in past years, even fire trucks – with drivers’ donations being collected to benefit the band program.
Photos by The Post; car wash graphic supplied by the Falcon Marching Band