Tag: band

Musicians head to states

Music department regional festivals occurred a few weeks ago.  All musical groups partake in these competitions. “The kids have to make districts first, and then if you are a high enough chair position in districts, then you get to move on to regionals,” band director Larry Detwiler said. Out of the nineteen students that performed

Wind ensemble prepares for holiday concert

The music department consists the choir, the orchestra and the band.  All of these groups have other specialized separate groups.  The choir has vocal ensemble, varsity chorus, and the regular chorus.  The orchestra has an ensemble as well: string ensemble.  The band consists of multiple other groups including the wind ensemble.   The wind ensemble

Holiday parade lifts spirits

Downtown Altoona hosts its annual holiday parade known as the Spirit of Christmas from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30. The parade route will start at Tenth Avenue and Ninth Street, then proceeds to Green Avenue, Twelfth Street and Eleventh Avenue. A tree lighting ceremony and fireworks will take place following the end of

On Broadway: Musicians plan NYC trip

When he first enrolled at Penn State, band director Larry Detwiler was an architecture major. Now he builds the music department. “I went to college at Penn State and was a part of the Blue Band. I even ended up changing majors,” Detwiler said Detwiler originally planned to be an architect but was missing class

Majorette squad sparks audience

Every Friday night the football team hosts a game against many of its rivals at Mansion Park. In addition to football action, the audience enjoys the halftime show from the majorettes. The majorette squad performs during halftime every football game instructed by adviser Kelly Detwiler. Detwiler is in her first year advising the majorette squad