The award winning Spring-Ford High School Golden Ram Marching Band won back to back championships this month. For the 2013 season the Golden Ram Marching Band were both the Tournament of Bands Group IV Open Atlantic Coast Champions and the Cavalcade of Bands Yankee Open Class Champions.
The Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships was held Nov. 3 at Hershey Park Stadium, and The Cavalcade of Bands Championships was held Nov. 9, also at Hershey Park Stadium, which cinched two championships in one week for the band.
This was the 19th championship in the past 8 years for the Golden Ram Marching Band.
This year the marching band consists of 135 members, from grades 9 through 12. The Spring-Ford High School Golden Rams Marching Band is under the direction of Seth Jones. Being a member of the band requires a large time commitment according to Jones.
“Our season usually starts in June with summer rehearsals,” Jones said. “We have them weekly until the beginning of August when we have a two-week band camp. From there, the group rehearses two evenings a week, performs at all of the football games, and usually competes in 8-9 competitions. It is a long schedule and the students are extremely dedicated and hard-working.”
Jones joined the Spring-Ford band team two years ago. “I cannot claim any hand in (these championships) truthfully,” Jones said. “Much of the success of the group should be attributed to the Marching Band Staff and Spring-Ford Music Parents Association, the High School/District Administration and the Athletic Director, Mickey McDaniel, which provided the necessary support for such success to be realized.”
This years’ marching band has truly accomplished a great feat. When the marching band won its Atlantic Coast Championship this month, it was the organization’s seventh win in the past eight years.
“No Group IV Open Band has ever won seven Championships,” Jones said. “This was truly a milestone.”
Jones feels strongly that being in the Spring-Ford Marching Band is a good thing for the students. “I believe that Marching Band is a true great equalizer,” Jones said. “Every student is “varsity” from day one. We combine many different backgrounds, talents and personalities to become one family and one organization. These students are truly inspiring. The busiest kids are always the best ones, and this ensemble proves that the best students Spring-Ford has to offer are in the band.”
Spring-Ford’s production this year is arranged by Dr. Andrew Yozviak, and is entitled “Strange Paradise”. The program features the music of Alexandr Borodin, and Tony Bennett. Each movement is designed to express the theme and experience of a strange paradise.
To celebrate the Marching Band’s success this year, Spring-Ford High School held a recognition celebration that was open to the public on Nov. 21. According to Jones the celebration took place to recognize the accomplishments of the band, as well as the students, staff and parents.