SUMMIT, NJ - They pushed through practices in the late-August heat and humidity, when the air is so heavy it feels like one can almost touch it.
They repeated their steps over and over again on a Summit High School lower athletic field dotted with markers signifying the 30- through 50- yard lines, each unit learning their specific roles necessary for the overall group to achieve their performance goals.
They're not the football team, but they are "The Pride of Summit" -- the Summit High School Band.
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One hundred and twenty-five members strong, the Summit High School Band program has a long history of success, placing a large number of students in All-Region and All-State bands every year, and consistently earning superior rankings at festivals.
The Band has been a staple at Summit football games and Memorial Day Parades, and recently the marching band performed in on one of Disney’s “Main Street” parades and has competed in Governor Livingston’s Pageant of Bands in 2014 and 2015.
On October 16, The Band and will again be competing at the Governor Livingston show, with the community invited to attend and support the “Pride of Summit.”
The Band is set to debut its 2016 halftime show, entitled 'Fright Fest,' with music that will include the Overture to Nightmare Before Christmas, the Theme from Ghostbusters, Thriller, and Time Warp.
The Summit High School Band
Total Members - 125
Winds & Brass: 93
Drum Majors: 3
Leadership: Senior Drum Majors: Phoebe Halper, Josue Vasquez; Junior Drum Major: Gabrielle Eliseo
Brass Captain: senior Robert Scott
Woodwind Captain: senior Cierra Mendez
Color Guard Captains: senior Catherine Mueller; Sophomore Stephanie Giusto
Section Leaders (all seniors)
Flute: Sabrina Fleischman, Ashlyn Thomas
Clarinet: Maddy Krupnick
Alto & Tenor Sax: Brian Wagenbach
Mellophone: Rachel Blume
Trumpet: Sam Kaplan, Chris Kelser
Trombone, Euphonium: Chris Kos
Tuba, Bari Sax: Conor Donnellan
Drumline: Diego Pinzon, Ryan Beier
Sideline Percussion: Vivian Yang, George Koniaris
Steven Rapp - Director
Alex Bocchino - Assistant Director & Percussion
Michael Gleason - Marching and Maneuvering, and brass instructor
Rebecca Hoffler - Marching and Maneuvering, and woodwind instructor
Bernadette Burke - Color Guard Instructor
Luca Provenzano - Instructor & Summit High School Alumni
Jordyn Gallinek - Instructor & Summit High School Alumni
Don Fries - Drill Design