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Strike Up The Band: 'Pride of Summit' Readies for 2016 Season

The Summit High School Band performs a late afternoon show for family and friends on the eve of the football season. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Band Director Steven Rapp spoke to attendees regarding the hard work and time Band members have invested preparing for the upcoming season. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

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
Guard: 8
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

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