Over 1,000 mu­si­cians to play at 49th an­nual Band-a-rama

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A day full of Vet­er­ans Day fes­tiv­i­ties will once again be capped off Mon­day with a mu­si­cal trib­ute to our armed forces at the 49th an­nual Buck Shaf­fer Band-a-rama.

The show is ded­i­cated to our ser­vice men and women who have served our coun­try, or are cur­rently serv­ing our coun­try. After the 100th an­nual Vet­er­ans’ Day Pa­rade, all bands will par­tic­i­pate in a huge, massed band per­for­mance, fea­tur­ing 13 high school and mid­dle school bands and nearly 70 ma­jorettes and twirlers at Gran­ite Hills Rankin Sta­dium.

The 2018 Miss Porter­ville Darcy Sarr and her at­ten­dants will be in­tro­duced just be­fore the event be­gins. At 2 p.m., the pa­rade of bands be­gins around the field, and Scout Troop #132 will carry a very large Amer­i­can flag around the foot­ball field, stop­ping in front of the stands for the Pledge of Al­le­giance, led by Vet­er­ans Day Chair­man Don Dowl­ing.

All bands will then march around the track play­ing se­lec­tions of their choice and mov­ing into their des­ig­nated spots on the field.

Pas­tor Chris Far­rell from Light­house Church will of­fer the in­vo­ca­tion. Jim Kusserow will di­rect the massed band, where over 1,000 stu­dents will per­form pa­tri­otic mu­sic in honor of our vet­er­ans. Don Dowl­ing will serve as Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies.

After the mass band per­for­mance, four bands will per­form their field shows — Ce­sar Chavez Ti­tan Band, Gran­ite Hills Griz­zly Band, Monache Ma­rauder Band, and the Porter­ville Pan­ther Band.


THIS YEAR HIGH SCHOOL Ce­sar Chavez High School (Alex Gon­za­les, Di­rec­tor)

Monache High School (Justin Adams, Di­rec­tor)

Strath­more High School (Ni­cholas Wal­ters, Di­rec­tor)

Porter­ville High School (Clark Keele, Di­rec­tor)

Gran­ite Hills High School (Ken Or­monde, Di­rec­tor)

Sum­mit Char­ter HS (Donna Stei­gleder, Di­rec­tor) EL­E­MEN­TARY AND

JU­NIOR HIGH Pi­o­neer Mid­dle School (Jack Amaral, Di­rec­tor)

Bartlett Mid­dle School (Chris Green, Di­rec­tor)

Bur­ton Mid­dle School (De­olinda Bar­cel­los, Di­rec­tor)

Strath­more El­e­men­tary School (Ge­orge Baker, Di­rec­tor)

Se­quoia Mid­dle School (Richard Madri­gal, Di­rec­tor)

Carl Smith Mid­dle School (Ted Wuth, Di­rec­tor)


A spot in the show will be given to ma­jorettes of all the bands twirling to­gether at one time to the “The Navy Song An­chor’s Aweigh” and “The Marines’ Hymn.” Join­ing the ma­jorettes will be other teams from the area. The Band-a-rama should con­clude at ap­prox­i­mately 4 p.m.

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