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The march is on to Mountain Top

February 19. 2013 3:13PM
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If you've attended any home football games at Crestwood High School in Wright Township this year, you've probably noticed the drum line using green sticks on their drums, the color guard carrying patriotic emblems and the drum major sporting an eye patch and black cape.

It's all part of representing such characters as the green-when-enraged Incredible Hulk, the back-from-a-deep-sleep Captain America and the injured-in-the-line-of-duty Nick Fury as well as Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the Marvel Comics gang.

We have ‘The Avengers' theme song, drum major Gabrielle Marotta said, and we play songs from all ‘The Avengers' heroes that were in the movie.

It's very inspiring music. It gives you goose bumps, said band parent Leigh Michel, mother of a saxophone player. The kids are putting in a lot of work, and it shows.

After taking part in recent competitions at Wyoming Area and Pittston Area high schools, the Crestwood Band has its turn to play host tomorrow.

The public is invited to Marching on the Mountain, a cavalcade of marching bands and color guards from Pittston, Nanticoke, East Stroudsburg and other high schools.

It's a lot of fun, and everyone is excited, Marotta said, explaining each band will play for about 10 minutes and will be scored on technique, how the members perform as a group and how they march.

Playing an instrument while keeping step can be difficult at first, but after five years it grows more natural, said the drum major, who joined the band as a flute player five years ago when she was in seventh grade.

As hosts, Crestwood will receive a score but not a place in the competition. .

The event will be emceed by WNEP-TV meteorologist Tom Clark. Soups and other hot foods will be available, along with raffles and baskets.

If you go

What: ‘Marching on the Mountain'

When: 1 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at noon.

Where: Crestwood High School, Route 309, Wright Township

Admission: $5, $3 seniors and children

More info: 902-5362

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