ROYERSFORD -- The award-winning Spring-Ford Area High School Golden Ram Marching Band is back in action this fall, and will be performing as well as hosting a number of events to engage the community in the 2009 season, starting with a pancake breakfast this Sunday.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royersford VFW, 730 S. 4th Avenue, the Spring-Ford Music Association will host a pancake breakfast to raise money for Spring-Ford's music programs. The cost is $5 per person (ages 4 and up), and includes a breakfast of three pancakes, two pieces of bacon, two pieces of sausage and a beverage.

For those who would like to see the band perform, the Golden Rams will take part in eight competitions between September to November. Log on to for a list of performance dates.

Two must-see performances this season will be the Oct. 3 Tournament of Bands (TOB) competition at Coach McNelly Stadium and the Nov. 26th Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The TOB competition, featuring the talents of middle and high school marching bands, will begin at 6 p.m. and is being hosted by the Spring-Ford Music Association. On Thanksgiving Day, the Golden Rams will march in Philadelphia's parade, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live on Channel 6 (ABC).

The Golden Rams have been hard at work preparing for their 2009 competition season and will perform an original composition this year by Dr. Andrew Yozviak titled "Shades." Over the past nine years of participation in Tournament of Bands (TOB) the band has grown in quality, rising from its 16th place finish in 2001 to the band's third consecutive TOB Atlantic Coast Group IV Championship last November. In addition, the band won the Cavalcade of Bands (CBA) Yankee Open Class Championship with a score of 98.1, which is the highest recorded score in the history of Cavalcade of Bands dating back to 1959.

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